By Mike Robuck
Intel hypes private network
The industry has reached an inflection point for private 5G networks with opportunities, ecosystem and products coming together to ramp up deployments across various verticals and use cases, according to Intel.
Caroline Chan, VP of the Network and Edge Group at Intel, said there is tremendous growth underway for private 5G networks across industrial use cases with exponential growth expected over the next decade.
She stated the main challenges for private networks have included system integration and proven use cases.
“Since there can be many components that make up a private 5G solution from RAN, core, edge and both hardware and software, many enterprises need a partner to integrate, test, deploy and support their personalised network,” Chan said of system integration. “Given that private 5G networks are tailored to the specific needs of the organisation, finding solutions that are verified and established may be challenging.”
Enterprises see the value of implementing private 5G networks including connectivity for multiple devices, protection of data and the agility to scale solutions in the future. While it’s hard to pinpoint which use case has the best value, organisations typically want to take advantage of personalising their networks based on their specific business requirements, according to Chan.
She stated Intel was seeing an explosion of use cases across shipping ports, oil and gas, education, retail and campuses. The verticals include small and medium businesses, schools, stadiums, airports, events and hospitals.