The demand for reliable connectivity that provides close-to-zero latency and can be trusted to support mission-critical tasks is exponentially growing in today’s business environment – robots, automated machinery, sensors, virtual reality apps, telemedicine, ‘regular’ human communications and more, are all growing in volume. This leads many enterprises to consider building their own 5G private
This can happen either by operators offering private networks on top of their own, already licensed spectrum, or by enterprises setting up their own private networks using open, shared spectrum that’s government assigned and regulated. As of now, open spectrum assignment and regulation is still an open issue in many countries.
In the USA, CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) is a pioneer government initiative, led by the FCC. The program takes into account the growing wireless connectivity needs today and in the future, and frees up the 3550-3700 MHz band stems, which makes 150 MHz of additional spectrum available for new mobile uses, private networks included.
The Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the German telecoms regulator is now working to make dedicated spectrum available for local 5G services, paving the way for industrial giants and businesses to build their own private networks. BNetzA is planning to make spectrum in the 3.7-3.8GHz band available for businesses, completely separated from the 5G spectrum that’s available to the German mobile operators. The private spectrum will not even be auctioned, as BNetzA is planning to assign it to applicants upon request.
Other governments are currently evaluating similar programs, and we will see more of these initiatives in other places around the globe in the near future.
Another issue that hinders private 5G networks from taking off is the perceived high capital and operating costs associated with such a project.
With ASOCS’ private networks solution, this obstacle is fully removed as the ASOCS solution lets both mobile network operators and enterprises set up their own private network on whichever hardware they decide and a single software stack.