Private 5G – A glimpse into the future

5G is coming fast, and it will lead to disruptive changes in the way we connect and we do things.

5G is a communication technology that was specifically designed with real-world applications in mind. Innovation is driven by market needs and revenue driven business cases. Recent progress in computer power, sensor technology, artificial intelligence, have made possible several large new applications, with clear and significant business advantages. Such new applications range from autonomous vehicles to remote mining, significant industrial automation, or new entertainment services such as High Definition streaming or Virtual Reality.

5G is not just 4G with extra bandwidth

Each of those applications has a set of specific requirements towards the underlying telecommunication network. Some applications (such as autonomous vehicles or remote surgery) requires reliable, ultra low latency communication, while other application may allow for slower and less reliable speeds, but a very large number of communication endpoints (for example, industrial sensors in the energy industry). Those are novel industry requirements, which cannot be satisfied with 4G based architectures.

A modern, performant 5G network cannot be built with 4G equipment.

Private 5G allows businesses to build networks tailored to a location’s specific needs, without public 5G interference. The private 5G network can be designed with people, application and equipment quality of service needs as prime considerations. Often is necessary to localize the data to reduce latency, especially for mission-critical applications and environments. Cloud Services can also be co-located with manufacturing equipment reducing latency.

Private 5G will develop faster than Public 5G

Private 5G networks will be deployed to satisfy specific needs and specific business cases. Technical requirements for a smart mining operation might be different than the needs for a large sports venue, but each deployment comes with a known and very specific set of requirements. This makes the development cycle for Private 5G specific networking equipment much more agile and focused. Moreover, the investment and the vendor ecosystem required for a Private 5G deployment will be significantly less demanding than for Public 5G deployments.

The next generation 5G networks are providing an opportunity for Service Providers to seize increased revenue, with new business models built around network as a platform. It’s about adopting new ways of working to capture opportunities. 5G is not just an extension of previous radio technologies, it is a shift to entirely new technology.

Canoga Perkins’s vision is to build networking equipment specifically designed to respond to the stringent requirements of Private 5G networks, rather than trying to reposition generic networking equipment and technologies for Private 5G applications.

In the coming weeks, we’ll dive more into the emerging technologies and innovations which address those broad requirements, and how the innovative Canoga Perkins products fit in this emerging technological landscape.