Wireless communications with 5G technology are the basis of various critical sectors (e.g. digitized healthcare). The lack of public initiative in its development is being covered by the private market, which has definitely been driven by the use of IoT technologies.

Insufficient supporting infrastructure by operators has led to a slow rollout of 5G. This circumstance has caused an exponential growth on the part of the global market for private networks (PMN).

The Global Private Mobile Network

The growing use of smart devices has made 5G technology an inalienable necessity. Certainly, the technologies that preceded it (Wi-Fi and 4G) are unable to provide everything that the IoT needs.

While it will take at least 5 years for us to benefit from universal 5G mobile communications, we will enjoy ever more intelligent embedded technologies. The on-cloud technology managed by the PMNs means that they require minimal physical infrastructure, which is very useful for correcting the existing deficit.

Now, what is a private mobile network? It is a system of connections that enable a company to use voice and data services as if the end devices (e.g. smartphones) were running on a local network. Thus, these networks differ from normal networks in that they do not necessarily have to be installed on site and that they provide exclusive use.

Use Cases

Industry 4.0

Did you know that smart factories are the driving force behind PMNs? A good example of this we have in the intelligent assembly lines that manufacture vehicles. The use of 5G in them minimizes human interaction and gives their administrators not only absolute control over the entire process but also a detailed analysis of each connected device.

Healthcare

Implementing IoT and digitization in health services is key to optimizing performance, streamlining medical care and promoting innovation. At this point, PMNs can help them fulfill various services by segmenting the network. Consequently, the IoT will allow uninterrupted and remote control of medical processes.

Offshore Energy Companies

This sector of the industry is characterized by its dangerous working conditions. Therefore, the use of IoT is very useful to achieve its predictive maintenance, while speeding up operations, reducing expenses and maximizing occupational safety.

Practical Aspects Of Implementing A Private Mobile Network

The first thing that companies wishing to build a private PMN must do is buy spectrum. The next step will be to get the necessary equipment to connect all the devices to the central network.

The process that we have just described seems simple, but its implementation presents important challenges. The company’s equipment must not only operate in a specific wireless spectrum but must also be integrated with its own 5G technology. Likewise, it is also necessary to attend to spectrum availability problems and certain legal requirements.

As the PMN market grows, it becomes clear the critical role that channel partners and system integrators will play in achieving a successful start-up. Thus, companies must partner with private mobile networks that have extensive experience in 5G and associated technologies: only then will they achieve an agile and successful implementation.

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