Public versus Private Networks: Two Ways to Approach Enterprise Digitization and How the Telco Industry Should React

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By Leo Gergs | 4Q 2020 | IN-5975


Two Possible Ways for Enterprise Digitization


The global momentum for enterprise digitization (accelerated by the global response to the outbreak of COVID-19) is gaining more and more traction, and we are seeing the number of players presenting their commercial offerings for enterprise connectivity increasing almost exponentially. This, in turn, attracts additional players to the market and leads to a changing competitive landscape, in which hyperscalers, network operators, infrastructure vendors, and System Integrators (SIs) are aiming to address a similar market.

A closer look at the proposed connectivity solutions underlines the heterogeneity of the enterprise market, as different options for deploying a cellular network emerge. On one hand, standalone 5G allows deploying a private network on the enterprise premises. Hyperscalers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and IBM, as well as network infrastructure suppliers like Nokia and Ericsson are among the most prominent advocates. On the other hand, using 5G network slicing enables network operators to offer renting out a slice of their public network to e…

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