Expand connectivity at the edge with private 5G networks

Private 5G is not a replacement for Wi-Fi, but instead augments existing Wi-Fi investments to deliver greater mobility, wide-area connectivity, and deterministic performance for mission-critical applications.

HPE acquires technology leader Athonet for private cellular

Cutting through the private cellular complexity

As private 5G interest grows and the technologies mature, enterprises are looking to simplify purchasing, deployment, and on-going management of their private networks including:
  • Adopting a unified approach to Wi-Fi and private cellular
  • Leveraging pre-integrated small cell technology (radios)
  • Streamlining management with tools that make managing private 5G as easy as Wi-Fi
  • Choosing flexible cloud, on-premises, and hybrid options
  • Enabling fit-for-purpose technology designed for the enterprise, not public 5G networks

Why enterprises are adopting private 5G

There is no one driver behind the growing interest in private 5G—yet enterprise adoption is growing rapidly across a wide range of industries and use cases.

Wider area coverage, especially outdoors

Covering large areas such as outdoor venues, transportation hubs, and large warehouses can be a challenge. With higher power limits and higher radio receiver sensitivity, each private 5G small cell can cover more area, lowering cabling costs and making it easier to connect hard-to-reach areas.

High-speed mobility

Industry 4.0 demands high-speed mobility in order to avoid costly work stoppages. With private cellular, handoff decisions are controlled by the network and benefit from wider area coverage that requires fewer handoffs, making it ideal for autonomous vehicles and robotics.

Segmentation of mission-critical traffic

Mission-critical applications may require a separate network that operates alongside existing Wi-Fi, especially in noisy RF environments. With a better together approach, private 5G can handle revenue-generating applications like mobile ticket scanning in a public venue while Wi-Fi is reserved for guests.

Seamless indoor cellular coverage

When subscribers move from outdoors to indoors, coverage often suffers. Cellular data can be offloaded to Wi-Fi relatively easily but dial tone coverage requires manual activation. In the future, neutral networks will provide cost-effective coverage across multiple carriers without use of distributed antenna systems (DAS).    

Turning the Roman countryside into an immersive experience

Ryder Cup partnered with HPE to deploy a groundbreaking HPE Aruba Networking integrated 5G and Wi-Fi network for expanded broadcast coverage and secure, enhanced fan experiences.

Ruggedized secure communications in Antarctica

Within a few hours, the team had a cellular network rugged enough to provide connectivity across a 5km area. Temperatures averaged -30C with high winds, yet the private cellular network is equipped to provide secure, reliable communications for the South Pole researchers and their guests.

Connecting the unconnected with private cellular networks

Remote villages can now connect to the internet to do homework, connect with families, conduct internet-based businesses, reach medical experts, and more—using Viasat’s internet service powered by our private cellular. To date, we have connected 60 communities and 3,200 users using the joint solution and expect to reach 20,000 customers in the coming year.

Related private 5G products

Private mobile core software from Athonet, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquisition

  • Combination 4G/5G mobile core software
  • Can be deployed on-site or in the cloud
  • Scales from 50 to 50,000 devices

Key components of a private 4G/5G cellular network

With HPE, enterprises can deploy and manage a private cellular network leveraging leading edge technology from Athonet, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquisition.

Microservices-based dashboard with open APIs for integration and customization​

Combination 4G/5G software to allow for easy migration from 4G to 5G services​

3GPP standards-based radios to support enterprise requirements​

Unified approach to managing Wi-Fi and private 5G​

Depending on geography, unlicensed spectrum like CBRS, lightly licensed spectrum, or carrier spectrum ​

Key components of a private 4G/5G cellular network

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