Transport and logistics: The role of private 4G/5G

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The transportation and logistics sector is one of the most promising industries for private LTE and 5G networks, as well as adjacent technologies such as edge computing and new Wi-Fi6E/7 versions. Although it offers opportunities for MNOs, some instances are challenging to address. Where can MNOs best meet enterprise needs?


Format: PDF filePages: 60 pagesAuthor: Dean BubleyPublication Date: February 2023

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Overview
    • Recommendations for traditional mobile operators
    • Recommendations for transportation operators
    • Recommendations for logistics companies
    • Recommendations for regulators and policymakers
    • Recommendations for vendors
  • Introduction
    • Definition of the transport and logistics sector
    • Sector trends and drivers affecting private networks
  • Use cases for 4G/5G in transport and logistics
    • Scale of transport sites and private networks
    • General use cases for private 5G in transport / logistics
    • Sector-specific issues and use cases for private networks
  • Building and running transport private networks
    • Supply-side evolution
    • Private vs. public cellular networks in transport
    • New service provider classes and delivery models
    • The vendor landscape
    • Regulatory and policymaking considerations
    • Wi-Fi, satellite and other wireless technologies
  • Conclusions and recommendations
    • Conclusion and long-term futures
    • Takeouts for traditional MNOs and telcos

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Transport and logistics sector opportunities for private networks
  • Figure 2: Multiple sub-sectors for transport / logistics vertical
  • Figure 3: Transport / logistics intersects with several adjacent verticals
  • Figure 4: Transport / logistics megatrends and implications for connectivity
  • Figure 5: Transport / logistics network scale varies by 6 orders of magnitude
  • Figure 6: Key use cases for private networks in transport and logistics verticals
  • Figure 7: Vehicle connectivity, telemetry and positioning is a key transport use-case
  • Figure 8: Numerous video use cases for private networks in transport/logistics
  • Figure 9: On-train / passenger access via multiple network systems
  • Figure 10: Recap of private 4G/5G use cases in ports
  • Figure 11: Examples of airport private network projects
  • Figure 12: Multiple drivers for transport use of private vs. public cellular networks
  • Figure 13: Multiple deployment scenarios for campus / private networks
  • Figure 14: Different devices, different users – different networks
  • Figure 15: Private network suitability for selected transport use cases
  • Figure 16: Examples of transport and logistics private 4G/5G deployments and trials


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 4G, 5G, logistics, Mobile Operators, Network slicing, private cellular, private networks, spectrum, transport