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Key issues for enterprises looking to deploy private wireless solutions

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Stephane Daeuble

Stephane Daeuble
Head of Marketing for Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions division

In this conversation between James Blackman of Enterprise IoT Insights and Stephane Daeuble, Head of Marketing for Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions Division, Stephane explores the different aspects of private wireless deployments that enterprises must consider.

Key points:

  • Local vs. macro private wireless coverage and why
  • How an autonomous private wireless network differs from a public network slice
  • Types of vendors offering private wireless
  • Access to spectrum and private wireless vendors
  • Network architecture considerations
  • Latest trends in private wireless

Podcast at a glance

Enterprises looking at private wireless for the first time need to understand the different ways in which it can be deployed. One of the first things to decide is whether they need coverage for an industrial site, like a factory or an airport, or whether they need to have wide area coverage, like a logistics company needing to keep in constant contact with its trucks across the country.

Many enterprises will want an autonomous private network, especially for running OT applications. Private networks also offer superior performance, especially with regard to latency. They can also be more reliable since, unlike public networks, you are not affected by network outages in the wide area.

There is a growing number of private wireless suppliers, nonetheless, offering private wireless as a service. Public mobile operators, with their national coverage, spectrum licenses, decades of experience running mobile network and enterprise-dedicated sales channels, are a good choice, especially if you don’t want to run the network yourself. There are also a growing number of IT, cloud and system integrator companies active in the enterprise market that are developing private wireless offers working in partnership with telecom vendors like Nokia and mobile operators.

Some of the key players are specific vertical suppliers that offer a pre-integrated solution. For example, in mining, Komatsu has partnered with Nokia to provide Autonomous Haulage Systems that link their ore trucks to 4G/LTE private wireless.

In some markets, where specific spectrum has not been set aside for vertical use, it is important to know who has access to spectrum. Mobile operators have spectrum and sometimes there are other third-party players, like enterprise system integrators that may have obtained spectrum that they intend to re-sell. There are also unlicensed spectrum solutions, such as MulteFire, that anyone has access to.

There are different ways to deploy a private wireless network that have to be considered as well. Autonomous networks, where all aspects of the network are local, is more typical when the enterprise wants control for OT applications and where the applications are especially critical. Mobile operators will sell autonomous private networks but prefer to leverage their own infrastructure using an edge cloud for local functions. For many small to medium enterprises, this will be the most cost-effective solution.

Private wireless began with autonomous private networks driven by strong business cases from specific industrial verticals. As the enterprise market has realized the advantages of private wireless and especially 5G over technologies like Wi-Fi, there are many players now entering the market and private wireless as a service is gathering momentum. Their private wireless as a service offers, remove complexity, offer a lower entry cost and are excellent for early trials.

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