Private 5G campus networks, which are separated from the public mobile network via reserved frequency ranges, offer a decisive advantage:
- They are freely configurable.
- The data does not leave the company.
- The security and service quality measures can be managed on-site and dynamically on your own adjusted needs.
5G Campus Networks: India is not exactly considered a role model for digitizing business, administration, and society. But with private, local campus networks ( Private 5G ), India is ahead.
5G Campus Networks: Best Conditions For Your Applications
With the expansion of the mobile 5G networks, the homework has been done – and more than that. The concept of 5G campus networks is currently receiving much attention and approval worldwide. The principle behind it is: In the case of 5G networks, the Federal Network Agency no longer grants the relevant licenses to the carriers alone, as it used to, but ensures that 5G networks can also be licensed for industrial application scenarios on designated areas such as company premises right from the start.
Within the framework of committees such as 5G ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) and 5GAA (5G Automotive Association), the companies involved influenced the development of the 5G standard at an early stage and helped shape the technical specifications. For their practical application, the Federal Network Agency has identified its frequency spectrum for developing and expanding private, local campus networks. Companies can license such frequencies quickly, unbureaucratically, and inexpensively for their location and implement tailor-made campus networks there. With their high capacities and low latency times, these networks offer the best conditions for digitized industrial applications.
Your Own 5G Network On Campus
Even the “normal” 5G network offers several advantages that make it ideal for industrial use: The new standard enables ultra-fast mobile broadband communication with data transmission rates of up to 10 GB/s, response times in the range of one millisecond and a much higher number of connected devices per area that can be controlled and managed. In contrast to WLAN, it is also designed for uninterrupted handover between the individual radio cells. In 5G networks, driverless transport systems in logistics or independently acting robots no longer have to stop when changing to another radio cell and, foremost, establish a new connection to continue working.
Private 5G campus networks, which are separated from the public mobile network via reserved frequency ranges, offer the owners a decisive advantage:
- They can be freely configured.
- The data does not leave the company.
- The measures for security and quality of service (Quality of Service) can be managed on-site and adapted dynamically to your own needs.
With these capabilities, machines can communicate with each other in real-time via 5G campus networks, production processes can be precisely timed, storage locations and inventories can be specifically recorded, and autonomous vehicles can be controlled on the premises.
The Race Has Started
After an initially cautious start, the demand for private 5G mobile networks has increased significantly. According to the Federal Network Agency, 181 applications for the allocation of frequencies for local 5G networks have already been submitted, and 179 assignments have already been granted (as of December 15, 2021). As expected, large companies, in particular, took the opportunity to optimize their workflows with their campus network in the first phase. The combination of manageable costs and an amazingly uncomplicated approval process makes private 5G an increasingly attractive option for medium-sized companies.
Regardless of the company’s size, we are experiencing a spirit of optimism, in which a lot is still being experimented with, and valuable experience is being gained, for example, with remote maintenance using augmented and virtual reality applications or the use of automated, autonomous transport systems. The typical maturation process of technology can be expected in the early adopter and fast follower phase: Depending on the release status, not all functionalities and requirements have yet been implemented, and the range of devices and components cannot yet fulfill all wishes. But that will change quickly with the growing popularity and spread.
5G Campus Networks: The Future Is Now
So it’s high time to jump on this rapidly accelerating train. The experience advantage of today is the competitive advantage of tomorrow. India has maneuvered itself into an excellent starting position. When it comes to the practical use of 5G campus networks by companies and organizations, not only the increasingly easy access helps.
It is no longer necessary to install and operate them yourself. Instead, they can be obtained from independent service providers via Network-as-a-Service platforms in the form of managed services combined with supplementary IT services. This not only reduces the entry hurdles but also ensures sensible integration into innovative IT and digitization projects. This applies, for example, to the combination with the trend technology Edge Computing. Latency-optimized 5G is the prerequisite for correctly integrating the small, on-site data centers typical of the Edge and using them for real-time applications. Together they are opening up the wide world of IoT (Internet of Things), in which India can play a crucial role, not least thanks to the concerted private 5G initiative.