Private Cellular: Embrace or Reject?

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By Dimitris Mavrakis | 4Q 2019 | IN-5683


Many Different Options for Wireless Networking Are Available Today


The private cellular market is expanding rapidly, driven by the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band in the United States and the appetite of communication service providers and infrastructure vendors to tap into new revenue streams in the enterprise domain. Both Ericsson and Nokia highlighted advanced strategies to target verticals, with or without the involvement of mobile service providers, while Huawei and ZTE are active in creating new use cases in their home market. At the same time, the MulteFire ecosystem is progressing, offering an alternative option with smaller vendors and a potentially more flexible ecosystem. On top of these, there are also many unlicensed frequency alternatives for enterprise networking, including Wi-Fi 6 (for high bandwidth, quasi-static applications), LoRa (for wide area, low power, and low bandwidth communications).

As discussed in the ABI Insight Will CBRS/OnGo Spur the Private LTE market? (IN-5666) initial Commercial Deployments are increasing at a staggering rate in the United States, with shopping malls,…

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