Private networks: Lessons so far and what next

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We explore the recent developments in the private network market, regulatory activities and policies on local and shared spectrum, and the different deployment approaches and business cases for traditional telcos and the expanding range of other stakeholders.


Format: PDF filePages: 67 pagesCharts: 16Author: Ahmed AliPublication Date: July 2021

Table of content

  • Executive Summary
    • What next
    • Trends and recommendations for telcos, vendors, enterprises and policymakers
  • Introduction
  • Types of private network operators
    • What is a private network?
    • The emergence of new telcos
  • How various stakeholders are approaching the market
    • Technology development: Choosing between LTE and 5G
    • Private network technology vendors
    • Regional overview
    • Vertical overview
    • Mergers and acquisitions activities
  • The development of spectrum regulations
    • Unlicensed spectrum for LTE and 5G is an attractive option, but it remains limited
    • The rise of local spectrum licensing threatens some telcos
    • …but there is no one-size fits all in local spectrum licensing
    • How local spectrum licensing shapes the market and enterprise adoption
    • Recommendations for different stakeholders
  • Assessing the approaches to network implementation
    • Private network deployment models
    • Business models and roles for telcos
  • Conclusion and recommendations
  • Index
  • Appendix 1:  Examples of private networks deployments in 2020 – 2021

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Possible private network service providers
  • Figure 2: Strengths and capabilities of different private network stakeholders
  • Figure 3: Examples of private network deployments (2020 -2021)
  • Figure 4: Examples of private networks across sectors
  • Figure 5: Mapping stakeholders across private network building blocks
  • Figure 6: Selected examples of the global disparity of local spectrum bands
  • Figure 7: Local licensing approaches
  • Figure 8: Local spectrum regulations around the world
  • Figure 9: The process of acquiring a shared access license in the UK
  • Figure 10: CBRS frequency map and priority tiers
  • Figure 11: Aligning enterprise’s requirements with spectrum regulations
  • Figure 12: Standalone private network model
  • Figure 13: Network slicing model
  • Figure 14: Partially integrated hybrid model
  • Figure 15: Advantages and disadvantages of private network deployment models
  • Figure 16: Dedicated private networks vs network slicing

Keywords: 4G, 5G, business case, Ericsson, local licensing, LTE, Network slicing, Nokia, private networks, regulations, spectrum, telcos, Verizon, Vodafone

Companies & technologies covered: Ericsson, Nokia, Verizon, Vodafone