Private 5G: for whom and for what?

Why has 5G, specifically private 5G, become essential today? While its ability to transform business in industries and services is no longer in doubt, it's not for the same reasons depending on the sector. Let's take a look at what makes this disruptive technology so versatile.

What is a private 5G network?

The successor to 4G, 5G is a network standard defined by a global consortium of standards organizations: 3GPP. The major difference brought about by 5G is the improvement in connectivity, with much higher throughput (up to 10 times higher than 4G), latency in the millisecond range, and significant gains in connection reliability and security.

From the outset, 5G has been designed to address the general public's and industry's needs. Therefore, public 5G and private 5G share a joint functional base defined by 3GPP, including technologies such as the 5G-NR radio interface and cloud-native core network architecture. However, private 5G networks can benefit from technologies explicitly defined for professional use, enabling, for example, deterministic latency, suitable for machine control in industrial environments.       

Private 5G network resources are wholly or partially reserved for a company or public administration. Access and operation can be restricted exclusively to the company's staff and terminals, thanks to dedicated frequencies.

It enables companies to benefit from the advantages of 5G while controlling network management. Companies can control the load on their network and avoid congestion on the radio link or in the core network, control the path taken by their data, or install new applications quickly.

The ability to rapidly deploy an autonomous, secure network in the field for multiple uses is paramount.

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Who is 5G for?

These significant advantages meet the critical needs of several sectors. Industrial companies are equipping themselves with private 5G networks for the advantages mentioned above and also to benefit from "slicing," i.e., the network's ability to divide, allocate and adapt its resources to specific uses.

In healthcare, private 5G networks increase data protection and will serve as the basis for many innovative technologies for the medical profession, such as augmented reality or autonomous mobile robots.

For civil or military security forces, private 5G provides real support for teams engaged in critical situations. In particular, the ability to rapidly deploy an autonomous and secure network in the field for multiple uses is paramount.

Thanks to predictive maintenance, other critical services, such as the power generation or chemical sectors, use private 5G networks to enhance infrastructure security and lifespan.

Finally, the media industry is also taking advantage of private 5G to connect portable or fixed cameras without cables, thus avoiding interference with public networks for the retransmission of very high-definition images.

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How Obvios deploys private 5G networks?

Obvios has developed Dome, its sovereign private 5G solution. Optimized for commercial, industrial, and security use and aimed at enterprises or integrators, Dome is, above all, simple to set up and operate.

It is a standardized software solution that adapts to the end customer's specific constraints. After a precise analysis of requirements (number and types of devices connected, types of flow, coverage, and sizing required, etc.), the Dome integrator proposes an adapted configuration with customized functionalities.

In addition, Obvios provides training courses for a wide range of profiles to help customers get to grips with the private 5G network.