5G Enterprise Private LTE
A private LTE network can add value for many sectors where communication & connectivity is business-critical. Companies are increasingly evolving towards environments where automation and wireless connectivity are important drivers.
The following trends support that Industry 4.0 concept fully:
- AGV (automated guided vehicles)
- Predictive Maintenance
- Automated Drones
- Intelligent manufacturing, …
BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS PRIVATE LTE?
LTE (Long Term Evolution) is known to the general public as the 4G of mobile operators. With a private LTE network, you are going to use a piece of spectrum that is reserved for the licensee of that frequency, in Belgium this is the 3.5 Ghz. This allows you to work completely interference-free. When you use a Private LTE network, you become a mini mobile operator, as it were.
As the only operator in Belgium, Citymesh has had 2x20Mhz spectrum in the 3.5 Ghz frequency block since 2015. Unlike the other telecom operators, Citymesh does not offer solutions to consumers. The spectrum is entirely reserved for companies that want to develop their own private LTE network locally.
The same frequency block has been chosen by Europe to roll out 5G, making Citymesh the only one in Belgium today that can offer companies a future-proof network that is ready to take the next step in the fourth industrial revolution.
ADVANTAGES OF A PRIVATE LTE NETWORK?
What makes Private LTE so interesting compared to WiFi? First and foremost, a lot less access points are needed because you can radiate a higher, legal, power. The other advantages are listed below.
When the latency, throughput, reliability or security of WiFi is not sufficient, then Private LTE comes into play. In short, wireless connectivity in business and mission critical communication.
- Data Security: Company data is secure within the own network (data remains on premise of the company)
- Independent of public operators (local coverage optimised for local and private services and applications)
- Ultra Low Latency
- High throughput
- Increased QOS capabilities
- Non-line of sight connectivity
- Process automation
- Reliable network, even in difficult circumstances
- High indoor & outdoor speeds
FOR WHICH MARKETS IS PRIVATE LTE INTERESTING?
There are many use cases in which Private LTE is extremely suitable in situations involving digital transformation, increased productivity and private networks and this for different markets.
- Mining, Oil & Gas
- Public Sector / Smart Cities
- Energy / Utilities