Ericsson has partnered with a broad range of service providers to connect industries and enterprises whose businesses are rapidly digitalising to establish private 4G and 5G networks.
In the first half of 2019, Ericsson entered agreements with Telefonica, Telia, Telstra, Vodafone, Deutsche Telecom, and Elisa to provide its Private Networks solutions.
According to Arthur D Little’s predictions, the market for private campus networks, services and solutions are expected to be worth EUR 60-70 billion by 2025.
Manuel Ruiz, Head of Mission Critical & Private Networks, Ericsson said, “Industries benefit from the technical expertise and 5G evolution plans that service providers bring to their business. They can also rely on existing service provider investments to extend their operations to new, unexplored use cases. By doing so, they can focus on innovating and optimizing their core business, leaving the complexity and evolution of connectivity services in the capable hands of their service provider.”
About 20 km from its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Mercedes-Benz is building a new, 220,000 square meter production facility. At Factory 56, all production systems and machines will be connected and operated via secure 5G that will achieve real-time low latency performance while handling enormous amounts of data. The 5G network, built by Ericsson and Telefonica Germany, will help Mercedes-Benz to boost the flexibility, precision and efficiency of its production operation.
About 400km away, another automobile factory is implementing Ericsson’s 5G networking solutions for secure and near real-time data networking across the production chain.
At the e.GO electric car factory in Aachen, Germany, network slicing and mobile edge computing are set to enable secure automatic identification and delivery of production materials to each vehicle as it goes through the assembly process. The private 5G network, built together with Vodafone Germany, will support fully autonomous vehicles to replace the traditional production line, increasing operational speed and efficiency throughout the production chain.
Telstra’s Mining Services announced its second official Private LTE mining partnership with Ericsson as the technology partner. The project involves the development of an underground private 4G network for South32’s Cannington mine in North West Queensland. At full installation, it would be one of the largest LTE networks for underground mining in the world.
The private LTE network at Ericsson’s factory in Tallinn, Estonia, is enabling the use of automated guided vehicles and augmented reality (AR) along with massive real-time data collection and analytics to create a more sustainable, efficient and safer production environment.
Innogy, 450Connect and Ericsson have together launched a pilot project to confirm the suitability of LTE in the 450 MHz frequency range for the critical communication needs of their energy operations in Germany. In particular, voice communications, decentralized power generation, telecontrol systems and smart meter gateways are being tested.
Private networks can use licensed, unlicensed and, in some countries, shared spectrum in the 3.5 – 4.2 GHz and 5 GHz bands. In licensed spectrum, many countries have defined specific frequency ranges for public safety and/or utilities.