Private 5G is coming, are we ready?

Today, 5G continues to develop at an exponential rate. Thus, more than 69 countries have already deployed it for commercial purposes and, in France, according to Arcep, operators deploy more than 1,000 sites per month. However, 5G also offers the possibility of private networks for companies. The growth of private 5G networks is driven by the availability of four times more licensed (radio) spectrum and 15 times more unlicensed spectrum.

For Daniel Crowe, vice president for France and Southern Europe at NETSCOUT, private 5G is a transition to the new innovations necessary for the future evolution of companies, such as Industry 4.0, while maintaining significant network flexibility.

“Private 5G is to businesses what 4G or 3G mobile networks were to consumers. Organizations are unlikely to replace WiFi with 5G in covered areas, but will implement it as a complementary solution; when greater coverage or greater mobility is required, or when signal interference is a problem. This is because WiFi and cable replacement is growing rapidly due to the relative cost, flexibility, quality of service, and strong security capabilities of 5G. Hundreds of entities are in the process of acquiring priority access licenses for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), a dynamic sharing system in the 3.5 GHz band, to create private 5G networks for many industries, such as smart factories. In fact, these new networks offer new possibilities for the remote control of autonomous vehicles, and can also encourage the redefinition of business models frozen for decades. Furthermore, the 5G-induced productivity gains are an undeniable advantage of setting up such private mobile networks.

There are many areas where 5G is accelerating digital transformation. Its benefits are now well known: ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLL), Enhanced Mobile Broadband (EMBB), and Massive IoT. In addition, the breakthrough made in the densification of connected objects offers 5G the ability to support ten times more services, while consuming much less power than 4G.

Additionally, enterprise 5G offers many deployment possibilities that fall into the public or private category. For example, if an organization needs optimal data security, confidentiality and service quality assurance, it can opt for a completely private on-site deployment, renting licensed or unlicensed frequencies from a mobile operator. You can also opt for internal network management, partner with a systems integrator, network equipment provider or mobile operator, or use a hybrid approach that combines cloud and facilities according to your needs.

If the 5G network split is only in its infancy, in a few years, parts of the network can certainly be orchestrated near real time down to the enterprise level, democratizing these parts in the same way as domain names. of the network. However, the objectives pursued by the network division can already be achieved thanks to a distributed architecture in small cells, less complex than the division into portions. There are already a plethora of private 5G network deployment options to suit virtually any application, budget, operational skill, and data security requirement. Therefore, 5G will be able to satisfy each company in a way adapted to its demands and limitations. The only thing left for organizations to do is find the 5G that suits them best. “

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