Private and vertical cellular networks: Threats and opportunities

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Mobile operators are not the only companies that can deploy 4/5G cellular networks. The rise of IoT and 5G is driving huge new interest in running mobile infrastructure, presenting new opportunities as well as threats for telcos.

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Format: PDF filePages: 42 pagesCharts: 16Author: Dean BubleyPublication Date: August 2019

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • Public vs. non-public networks
    • Private network vs. private MVNO vs. slices
  • Motivations & use-cases for private networks
    • Business drivers for private cellular
    • Technical use-cases for private cellular
    • Industrial sites & IIoT
    • Enterprise/public in-building coverage
    • Neutral host networks (NHN)
    • Fixed 4G / 5G networks
  • Regulatory & spectrum issues
    • Other regulatory considerations
  • Building private networks – technology
    • Architectural choices, technology standards & industry bodies
  • The emerging private networks value chain
  • Conclusions & Recommendations
    • How large is the private network opportunity?
    • Challenges and obstacles for private networks
    • What is the implication for traditional telcos and MNOs?
    • Telcos’ relationship to project scope

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: There are many different types of vertical / enterprise / private networks
  • Figure 2: A selection of current Private LTE / 5G deployments
  • Figure 3: Private cellular networks face numerous alternatives for enterprise wireless
  • Figure 4: Main use-cases for vertical / enterprise / private / indoor networks
  • Figure 5: 2-way radio replacement vs. industrial IoT as a drive for private networks
  • Figure 6: Every industrial sector has unique requirements for wireless
  • Figure 7: Neutral Hosts offer multi-network coverage in-building, or over wide areas
  • Figure 8: Spectrum bands and initiatives suitable for Private LTE / 5G deployments
  • Figure 9: The current mobile numbering scheme (defined by ITU’s E.212 IMSI standards) is problematic for creating 1000s of new private network identifiers
  • Figure 10: Private cellular networks are almost as complex as MNOs’
  • Figure 11: 3GPP Type-a private networks can integrate with public (PLMN) mobile
  • Figure 12: Industrial network architectural options
  • Figure 13: Today’s cellular industry value-chain is fairly straightforward & linear
  • Figure 14: Mobile stakeholders will adopt more varied roles with private networks
  • Figure 15: Private cellular networks can range from local to national coverage
  • Figure 16: Many different types of vertical / enterprise / private networks

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G, cellular, Coordination age, Disruption, mobile, MVNOs, Opportunities, private networks