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Private Cellular Networks for the Enterprise
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Over the last decade, technology has completely transformed the way we live and work. Increased dependence on technology has ushered in revolutionary developments in wireless. Artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), machine learning (ML), robotics, cloud computing, and digital twins technologies are transforming industries operations at every level and are made possible through advanced wireless technologies. Standard ethernet systems are not equipped to power these innovations in a manner that is secure, scalable and cost-efficient. Standard Wi-Fi is also limited, particularly in the industrial settings that these technologies operate within. The ground-breaking technological innovations we are seeing today require industrial-strength network infrastructure that is capable of facilitating low latency, high capacity, highly secure, flawless reliability, and endless scalability. Organizations are achieving these network attributes by choosing private wireless networks.
WHAT IS A PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORK
A private wireless network supplies an enterprise with wireless broadband connectivity. It is unique because it is owned and controlled by the hosting organization. The secure, closed, standalone networks are flexible and scalable to meet critical connectivity demands. From critical communications to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), businesses can control every aspect of their own wireless coverage with private networks. This results in reliable networks that are uniquely optimized for enterprise connectivity demands.
HOW DO PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORKS WORK?
Private wireless networks work using technologies of radio frequency spectrums, core software, and subscriber identity module (SIM) cards. Private wireless networks use specific equipment components such as radios, antennas and sensors.
Radio frequency spectrums are required for transmitting all types of wireless networks. GPS, bluetooth, radars, and satellites also operate along radio spectrums. However, each service requires a different frequency. High frequencies have high bandwidth to carry substantial amounts of data. A downside to high frequencies is the limits on length of travel and difficulty to traverse through physical structures. In contrast, low frequencies travel long distances and can go through physical structures. A downside to low frequencies is that they can have low bandwidth so they are not able to carry substantial amounts of data. Radio spectrums are not infinitely available, and there is global competition for this resource. National governments coordinate licenses for use of radio spectrums. Public mobile networks utilize licensed spectrums auctioned to communication service providers (CSPs) such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Unlicensed spectrums, currently 2.4 and 5 gigahertz, exist for global Wi-Fi networks. Private wireless networks can use leased, owned, or unlicensed spectrum. Based on their requirements, budget and location, users can choose the type of spectrum on which to operate. An example of an unlicensed spectrum is the general authorized access (GAA) level of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
To use a private wireless network, routers, phones, and devices must be compatible with LTE and 5G. To broadcast signals, private wireless networks use radios and antennas. Radio access points known as small cells connect user equipment to the network. They are compatible with all types of spectrum, and they can be deployed both indoors and outdoors. The EPC manages the network traffic through direction, authentication and prioritization. The EPC can be physically located on-site or connected to the network through the cloud. A backhaul router with a substantial firewall is necessary to separate the network from all other proximal connectivity streams. Additionally, the Spectrum Access System (SAS) is the gatekeeper for the FCC spectrum models and prevents malicious interference.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The benefits of private wireless networks include a strong foundation for an enterprise’s digital transformation. The networks deliver connectivity that is secure, reliable, and efficient. With a private wireless network, all internet traffic stays on site so security, privacy, speed, and latency are optimal. Through dedicated bandwidth, private wireless networks make it unnecessary for data to travel to a distant core network. Through digital transformation, operational efficiency is increased. Mission-critical systems are up and running. The technology specifications and spectrum settings are up to date. The predictable high data rates and low latency with private wireless networks are equipped to meet increasing demand. Because of the high quality of private wireless networks, advanced applications operate more smoothly, and connectivity can easily transition to and from public networks as users move throughout in between coverage zones. Multi-access edge computing (MEC) architecture allows applications to run virtually and connect to real-time radio access network (RAN) information. With MEC, the computing runs at the edge of the network in close proximity to the user. With the benefits of private wireless networks, enterprises can access endless opportunities for growth and reach new productivity levels.
WHICH INDUSTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD HAVE A PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORK?
There are many industries that can benefit from a private wireless network, including healthcare, manufacturing, energy, transportation, public safety, commercial real estate and sports & entertainment. Railway operations need to securely connect fleets of trains and a multitude of lines. Manufacturers need united coverage between the warehouses, distribution centers and delivery crews. . Security camera systems rely upon private wireless networks to provide reliable and secure surveillance. Configurations of Smart City meters and lighting can be organized on and powered by private wireless networks. At oil and gas refineries, the safety devices can be maintained on private wireless networks. Through private wireless networks, deep learning (DL), machine learning (ML), and AI can be implemented in meaningful ways. In smart factories, robots can arrange and manipulate materials efficiently. With private wireless networks, facilities do not need expensive wires or cables that can interfere with production pathways. The list of impacted processes, industries, and organizations is constantly growing, with new fields emerging as the technology advances. As companies prepare for the future of digital transformation and 5G, establishing a private wireless network is of utmost importance to outperforming the competition and maintaining relevance in a rapidly evolving world.
SETUP, INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE
Private wireless networks work best when built and operated by a Network as a Service (NaaS) provider. With Boingo, enterprises bring their digital transformation vision and challenges, and in turn, receive a customized private network solution that increases productivity, efficiency and security while lowering costs and latency. Once installed, the maintenance is based on actionable data insights. These dedicated networks require concentrated analytics and interpretation to maintain endlessly rising digital standards. Boingo is known as a pioneer in the field. With unmatched engineering expertise and customer service, Boingo is equipped to provide enterprises with connectivity solutions for the present and future.
INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE COSTS
The installation and maintenance costs are based on a multitude of factors that are based on the unique characteristics of the site and hosting organization. Pricing should be designed to fit the needs of each individual enterprise. Oftentimes, establishing private wireless networks is more efficient and less costly than retrofitting existing networks to e meet rising connectivity and security standards. Private network consultation processes and equipment installation should be designed to be highly efficient for both the provider and user.
WHY IS A PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORK WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
A private wireless network is worth the investment for many enterprises. Excellent connection performance is provided because there is no outside interference. Facilities can operate with agile intelligence that remains proprietary because everything is secured on site. Data traffic can be controlled in the way and to the degree that the hosting organization requires. Teams and systems can be centrally managed. In addition to raising performance standards and advancing industries, private wireless networks form a strong guard against cybersecurity threats and hacking. From the hosting organization-controlled infrastructure to the SIM card guarded endpoints, private wireless networks protect operational processes and data. Private networks are available on LTE today but can be easily upgraded to 5G when the spec is available.
HOW NETWORK AS A SERVICE (NaaS) PROVIDERS LIKE BOINGO CAN HELP
Boingo creates, installs, maintains, and innovates critical technologies that connect people, business and things. Service is end-to-end. Businesses, governments, intelligence communities and a range of industries trust Boingo with all of their wireless connectivity needs–from private wireless networks to public 5G and Wi-Fi. For Boingo, each partnership receives customized attention. Convergence is prioritized so each case receives the correct spectrum. With the highest standards for 20 years, Boingo is an expert in machine learning, cloud native infrastructure, network versatility, and artificial intelligence. Additionally, Boingo is a pioneer in connective technologies and is the leading partner to catapult industries into the digital future. To digitize your business with innovative technology, reliable coverage, and advanced security, contact Boingo today.