Why 5G Private Wireless Networks Matter: Jeff Kagan



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There’s more than one piece to the wireless pie. There are public wireless networks like Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T Mobility, and there are also private 5G wireless networks serving businesses, government agencies, colleges, and more.


Businesses and executives prefer private wireless networks for many reasons, including better signal strength and higher levels of security; complete control of the network and its functions; ability to favor high-level executives when the network is busy; and more.


With such a compelling value proposition, private wireless services will remain a dynamic category: where they are today may not be where they will be tomorrow. Let’s take a closer look.


The provider field is actually quite diverse – with many companies in the business of providing private wireless network services to business customers. Sometimes public networks offer a private version. Other times, companies create their own.


On the equipment side, companies like Qualcomm (QCOM), Cisco (CSCO), Nokia (NOKBF), Ericsson (ERIC) and others help companies install private wireless networking equipment. They also help manage necessary and ongoing upgrades and updates to services and equipment that keep the network operational.


On the services side, there are companies like Verizon (VZ), AT&T Orange (T), Telefonica (TEF) and others, which are public networks that also offer private wireless network services. This can provide more effective security to protect important communications and company information.


Companies like Betacom, Kore Wireless, Celona, ​​Cradlepoint, and others that work directly with companies to provide both hardware and network services, often from large wireless networks.


In fact, there are several ways businesses can get the range, speed, and quality of a major carrier, combined with the increased security and uptime control of a private network.


There are still other companies in the mix – like Xfinity Mobile (CMCSK), Spectrum Mobile (CHTR) and Optimum (ATUS). — that offer a more limited variety of private wireless services. They are MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) wireless resellers that have a business services side.


When users share a public wireless network, there are more security risks and vulnerabilities. Additionally, the network is often congested with too many users during peak hours, which limits access for the entire organization. (You may have noticed this when sometimes your wireless connection works and sometimes not so much.)


The concern of business leaders is that when networks are busy with countless users listening to music or surfing the web, the executives and researchers supporting them experience slowdowns and cannot easily share critical communications. . This can be frustrating for some users, and devastating for others. (Think of a CEO looking to upload a board presentation or react to breaking news.)


When a company uses a private 5G wireless network, it controls who has access to it and prioritizes people when the network is busy. This way, it’s no longer a roll of the dice. That’s why private wireless networks are so valuable to a growing number of businesses, government agencies, universities and more.


The value proposition is so compelling that in the future, we may see private services made available to people who find they also need or want that higher level of security and availability.



Jeff Kagan, a telecommunications, technology and wireless industry analyst and consultant, is a columnist at Equities.com. It covers 5G, AI, IoT, Metaverse, Autonomous Driving, Healthcare, Telehealth, Pay TV and more. Follow him on JeffKagan.comand on Twitter @jeffkagan and LinkedIn.

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