Private 5G wireless networks are expected to win the attention of enterprise IT managers who are looking for dedicated systems that promise to offer next-level performance, security, reliability, and privacy for IIoT applications.
FREMONT, CA: The emergence of 5G network for the enterprises has just started being explored. For the IT managers, it can serve as an alternative to wired LANs in more challenging, campus-style enterprise environments. Lacking the coverage and reliability of public cellular 5G networks, several organizations and network carriers have begun exploring private networks that they could build and manage. Enterprises seem dedicated to offering optimized services and a secure method of communications in these campus nets.
Private 5G networks aren't for all enterprise uses. Wireless operators' equipment enterprises emphasize that the systems can be a good fit for huge buildings and factories. They're not intended for enterprises with geographically dispersed locations. The stakes are huge for private 5G networks as organizations are essentially moving from wired Ethernet networks to wireless infrastructure. The latest systems must deliver uninterrupted cellular connectivity that is needed to orchestrate various groups of connected devices, all essential to supercharge IIoT applications.
Organizations will have some flexibility in building their own private 5G networks, and that's expected to speed use. Spectrum-wise, IT managers may favor licensed spectrum, though unlicensed spectrum is expected to become an available option, with evolving technologies providing predictable performance in shared bands. The 3GPP is predicted to specify NR use in an unlicensed spectrum going forward.
Organizations will be able to use licensed spectrum offered by wireless operators, dedicated spectrum with sharing, unlicensed spectrum with asynchronous sharing, or (for greater capacity), and unlicensed spectrum with synchronous sharing capability.
The eventual emergence of shared, unlicensed spectrum access approaches is expected to aid private networks to flourish, moving forward as a private network option for IT managers to evaluate for campus scenarios, buildings, and public venues.