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Guide to Private 5G Solutions for Enterprises

By Team Boingo
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Digital transformation is changing the way businesses operate, with a shift towards automation, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This transformation requires a reliable and secure network infrastructure to support the increased demand for data transmission, and private 5G wireless networks offer necessary security and performance advantages. As enterprise CIOs and IT decision makers, it’s important to consider the benefits of private 5G for supporting digital transformation and maintaining data security.



In an era of shorter product lifecycles, unparalleled competition, increased customer demand and skyrocketing connectivity challenges, business success requires a focus on a successful wireless strategy. In the past, enterprises have utilized public networks to connect business critical devices and facilitate staff communications. Now there’s private 5G.

Private 5G—also known as private networks or private wireless—provides an enterprise with a dedicated, secure wireless network designed to power a business’ connected needs, from Industrial IoT (IIoT) to critical communications. Boingo private 5G networks give your business direct control over coverage, location and quality. The result is a secure, reliable network with greater capacity, faster speeds, lower latency and full access to usable data.



Businesses can rely on private 5G to power digital operations, securely connect smart devices and drive operational efficiency. Moving operational traffic off public networks brings greater flexibility to connect more devices and power intelligent solutions such as asset tracking, video analytics, touchless engagement, smart building IoT and more. Moreover, it improves the overall connected experience for guests, customers and staff by reducing congestion on public wireless networks.

Other benefits of private 5G includes:

  • Full control over the network
  • Low latency
  • Increased security and access control
  • Increased data and analytics capabilities
  • High reliability
  • Network segmentation
  • Complements Wi-Fi and distributed antenna systems (DAS) installations



To establish a private 5G network, a business needs the appropriate spectrum, network infrastructure and edge devices to connect to the network. The best way to implement a private wireless network for transit is to partner with a trusted, experienced industry leader that offers a Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) model in order to reduce this complexity.

NaaS is a 5G service model that allows businesses to outsource the provisioning, management, and maintenance of their network infrastructure to a third-party service provider. NaaS typically includes a range of network services, such as connectivity, security, and bandwidth management, that are delivered to the customer on a subscription basis. With NaaS, businesses can reduce their capital expenditures on networking equipment, and instead pay only for the services they need, while also benefiting from the provider’s expertise and scalability.



Private 5G technologies are widely applicable to businesses and particularly necessary for mission-critical applications in which data needs to be instantly, reliably and securely transferred. Here are a few applications of private 5G technologies within several industries.

Transportation venues like airports and mass transit hubs need strong coverage throughout complex environments. Private 5G is ideally suited for delivering secure connectivity to staff, tenants and IoT devices. Private 5G can operate alongside traditional neutral host DAS and Wi-Fi solutions. For example, Boingo recently deployed a private network at Newark Liberty International Airport’s New Terminal A. The advanced private network supports daily activity on the airport apron, including airside and outdoor areas where aircraft are parked, loaded and unloaded, refueled, boarded and maintained. Boingo’s solution provides a cost-effective deployment for outdoor connectivity in a tough to access area requiring extensive bandwidth for connected devices.

To learn more about private 5G for transportation, read our blog, Boosting Transportation Operations with Private 5G.

Sports & Entertainment
Sports and entertainment venues notoriously need help with congestion, outages, and network strain caused by the unique architecture and incredibly dense population of users and devices. To solve these issues and open up new opportunities, venues can deploy private 5G networks alongside public Wi-Fi and cellular networks. This allows venues to separate operational and consumer traffic and create a smooth and reliable wireless experience for everyone. To learn how the #1 ballpark in America benefits from a private 5G network, read this case study, Connecting Petco Park.

The U.S. military can rely on private 5G solutions for creating secure, connected environments on bases worldwide. The secure networks support advanced operations, power maintenance, and operational management and provide rapid access to data and analytics. To learn more, read our blogs, Boingo Wireless to Help Bring Private 5G to Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island and 5G Deployment Guide for Military Bases.

Healthcare facilities like hospitals and medical centers rely on private 5G networks to power operations, connect patients, and enable advancements in research and patient care. The network can enable smart buildings, connected health applications, remote surgeries, enhanced testing, and more. Large medical files can be transferred effortlessly, and the quality of treatment can be improved. To learn more, read the blog, Enhancing Healthcare Operations with Private 5G.


Does private 5G replace public 5G or Wi-Fi networks?

The short answer is: no.

Rising connectivity demands require more network technologies and layered solutions. The 5G era demands access to all available spectrum, where DAS, small cells, Wi-Fi and private 5G are table stakes. To create the ultimate networking solution, work with a service provider like Boingo who can bring them all together. Boingo operates public and private 5G and Wi-Fi networks to connect business, people, and things.

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