5G in the Enterprise Domain: Enhancing Proprietary Automation Solutions or Creating New Use Cases?

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By Leo Gergs | 4Q 2020 | IN-5996


Two Possible Ways for Enterprise Digitization


The year 2020 has been a year of rapid developments for enterprise connectivity. While the year has seen multiple commercial announcements around private networks for enterprises from the telco industry, we are also witnessing a fundamental change in the competitive landscape of enterprise 5G. On the one hand, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have underlined their ambitions to advance towards enterprise connectivity (as has been discussed in the ABI Insight “Amazon and Microsoft’s Strategies in the Telco Domain”). On the other hand, we see industrial automation companies enlarging their product portfolios to include 5G devices and therefore advancing their offerings towards 3GPP technologies. Siemens, for example, announced its first industrial 5G router in the middle of November 2020, which will be commercially available in Spring 2021.

The Scalance MUM856-1 is targeted to provide both 4G and 5G cellular connectivity to enterprises (predominantly in the industrial manufacturing environment). To address the heterogenous enterprise requirements, it can be …

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