Ahead of its commercial operation launch earlier in 2020, 5G trial operations had been on the road. The global industry leaders in telecommunications, automotive, or robotics are striving to make this reality happen. In Taiwan alone, a total of nine POC (proof of concept) are in the trial phase, covering traditional manufacturing, hi-tech, medical service, government and retail industries. Back in 2018, a Taiwan-based telecommunication company already embarked on building Taiwan's first 5G-enabled pilot smart manufacturing plant to demonstrate 5G applications for wireless productivity and quality monitoring on the assembly line.

Looking at the worldwide enterprise market, the International Data Corporation (IDC) expects in its latest report, that 5G and LTE Router/Gateway Market will hit $3.0 Billion in 2024 from approximately $979.3 million in 2019; another forecast conducted by Intel predicts 2025 to be the 5G tipping point, for by that time 5G networks and 5G devices altogether will have accounted for nearly 60 % of global wireless media revenues. As in June 2020, with the advent of Release 16 that symbolizes "the 5G phase 2", we are in the year when 5G removes its limitation of enterprise standards and finally shows up at our front porch. Here is a question for company decision-makers: Is your business ready for 5G adaption?

Private 5G Network: More than Low-latency 4K Live Streaming and Large Downloads in a Blink

As consumers have been surrounded by excitement over the increased bandwidth, faster speeds and lower latency guaranteed by public 5G, what they will experience could be reduced congestion in densely-populated areas such as downtown, smooth high-definition video streaming or light-speed downloads, the impacts of which are too inappreciable to notice. The real revolution of 5G, however, lies in connecting multiple industrial processes — the Private Networking that empowers both businesses and the global economy to usher in Industry 4.0 as well as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Why Opting for a Private 5G Network?

In terms of the enterprise-level 5G connectivity, a company is provided with two basic choices, public or private. The trend has shown private 5G is likely the preferred option. Much unlike a public network, a private one can be provisioned to a location's specific requirements, using dedicated radio equipment to deliver services to a limited geographical area in industrial environments such as a manufacturing plant or a logistics center. The enterprise gets to own an exclusive mobile network and to possess full control over networking and connectivity, which seems impossible on a public network. By keeping the data transmission within the premise, security is improved, latency is reduced, and the on-site personnel can respond faster to issues.

Transformative Use Cases Empowered by Private 5G Networks

As 5G supports large-scale deployment of technologies, it can be tailored to fulfill any specific industry and business need, generating new opportunities and use cases across diverse verticals. The following use cases explain how private 5G mobile network with edge computing system directly benefit entertainment, manufacturing, and retail industries:

Delivering powerful media experiences

For the entertainment and sports industry, the high capacity 5G connectivity is sure to bring in revenues with its seamless live broadcasting and replay for the audience.

Replacing cables with a private wireless network on the floor

An organization may simply implement 5G over investing in physical cable connections to save space while benefiting from better connectivity and flexibility.

Enhancing operating processes and assembly lines

Due to the seamless remote monitoring and ultra-fast communications among machines, the factory operations can be optimized, aided by real-time video analytics and 5G-enabled IoT sensors. For example, the automobile industry can implement a flexible assembly line composed of autonomous pick-up systems to automatically re-configure its assembly sequences based on new requirements.

Offering personalized in-store customer experience while accelerating sales

In a retail location, private 5G networks can provide customized shopping experiences to targeted customers, which both raise customer satisfaction and gather valuable information for sales strategies.  For example, with digital signage systems, cameras, and video analytics/AR, real-time special offers can be directly exposed to potential buyers; retail operations can also be facilitated by smart shelves and inventory management systems.

As 5G evolution has started, its capabilities and connectivity territory will continue to mature and expand as the technical specifications and developments keep moving forward.

Lanner's Offering for Your 5G Transformation

In the upcoming decades, the 5G-empowered applications will become a reality, and industries have to be able to leverage the 5G technologies. Thus, the implementation of private LTE, MEC, and SD-wan is the key to open the door to 5G transformation.

Lanner's edge computing devices are capable of processing data faster and lower latencies, moving the application or content closer to the end-user at the network edge, supporting real-time analytics and mission-critical IoT automation.

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Powered by Intel Atom C3000 2~8 Cores, this network device also has excellent performance for industrial-grade LAN functions and is compatible with Lanner's Certified LTE modules PGN-300 and PGN-600. It can be used as an SD-WAN, or uCPE device.

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