5G Private & Dedicated Networks

Private Mobile Networks are an exciting topic of interest for Industry 4.0 use cases. A Mobile Private Network is where network infrastructure is used exclusively by devices authorised by the end user organisation. Such a network only serves the devices assigned by the end user organisation which means there is no concern about the impact of public users on the number of devices that can be connected, or, the throughput obtained, or other network performance indicators. Coverage can also be delivered precisely where needed whether to outdoor locations such as port areas or mines, or indoor areas such as manufacturing production lines or warehousing. The functionality of a private network extends beyond capacity and coverage into areas like tailored security measures and integration with other operational or business systems belonging to the industrial enterprise.

The GSMA has worked with manufacturing companies, mobile network operators and equipment vendors to understand the benefits of these private networks, complementary (‘dedicated’) solutions based on public mobile networks, and hybrids of public/private networks. This resulting paper on private and dedicated networks considers the application of private and dedicated 5G networks to the Internet of Things in manufacturing/production and the accompanying supply chain. It looks at private and dedicated networks and their benefits, reviews a selection of use cases that benefit from these networks, outlines the range of public, dedicated and private network options available to enterprises, overviews key new features within 5G that make these networks work better for industrial applications and overviews important topics in security and spectrum.

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Private 5G Industrial Networks 2023


Thursday 22 Jun 2023 | 5G | Manufacturing | Manufacturing Technology | Private & Dedicated Networks | Resources |

Produced by members of the GSMA Digital Industries forum, this paper explores the role of private networks in the context of the industrial and manufacturing sector, business ownership models and deployment options available to enterprises and more.

For enquiries, please email digitalindustries@gsma.com.

Latest IoT WebTalk

On-Demand IoT WebTalk: 5G Private & Dedicated Networks for Industry 4.0


Thursday 15 Oct 2020 | 5G | Manufacturing | Private & Dedicated Networks | Resources |

Experts from DHL, Ford, KPN, LACROIX Group, Orange, Shell, Verizon, Vodafone & the GSMA shared their insights into 5G Private, Hybrid and Public Networks for manufacturing, production and supply chain industry in the Industry 4.0 era.

IoT WebTalk Q&A: 5G Private & Dedicated Networks for Industry 4.0

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The following questions were extracted from the IoT WebTalk: 5G Private & Dedicated Networks for Industry 4.0 broadcast live on 13 October 2020. Contributors: Gain full understanding about the Private & Dedicated Networks projects introduced by Ford & Vodafone ...

GSMA Intelligence Research

GSMA Thrive North America On-Demand: Private Wireless Networks. Friend or Foe?


Wednesday 28 Oct 2020 | 5G | Manufacturing | Private & Dedicated Networks |

[GSMA Intelligence] Private Wireless networks are not a new phenomenon. For specialist use cases – from public safety to utilities – single-purpose, non-public networks have been deployed leveraging 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. The 5G era, however...

GSMA Intelligence Spotlight: 5G Grants Operators an Opportunity to Address Manufacturing


Friday 14 Aug 2020 | 5G | Manufacturing | Private & Dedicated Networks | Resources |

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted several major challenges facing the manufacturing sector and the need for greater operational visibility, including in the supply chain.

Private networks unwrapped: find your role and own it


Monday 9 Mar 2020 | 5G | Manufacturing | Private & Dedicated Networks | Resources |

[GSMA Intelligence] MWC 2019 demonstrated the potential of dedicated private wireless networks in enterprise settings – this analysis provides a progress check. Over the last 12 months, a number of announcements have been made, which includes vertical...

Private networks: waiting for 5G


Monday 13 May 2019 | 5G | Manufacturing | Private & Dedicated Networks | Resources |

[GSMA Intelligence] While NB-IoT and LTE-M address the need for massive IoT in the 5G era, standards for the critical (low latency, high bandwidth, network slicing) aspect of 5G IoT are yet to be fully defined.

GSMA Intelligence Radar – June 2020


Monday 15 Jun 2020 | 5G | Manufacturing | Private & Dedicated Networks | Resources |

[GSMA Intelligence] This edition of the Radar is our first since the Covid-19 pandemic has enveloped countries around the world with unprecedented strain on national health systems and economies. While our topics are not specifically focused on the...

For enquiries, please email manufacturing@gsma.com.