What is to Come for Private Networks in 2022? Insights from the Early Adopter Markets Across the Globe

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By Leo Gergs | 4Q 2021 | IN-6327


Where Are We Now With Private Networks?


As the end of 2021 is fast approaching, it is time again to look back at the year and think about the year yet to come. A good method to do this is to consider early adopters for private cellular networks from different parts of the globe, like the United States, China, and Germany.

In the United States, CBRS Priority Access License (PAL) auctions have generated US$4.58 billion in total, with 257 bidders. As a result, more than 20,000 10 MHz licenses were awarded on the county level. In terms of enterprise verticals, education, hospitality, healthcare, oil & gas, utilities, and Wireless Service Providers (Neutral hosts) are leading the race.

In China, the Government’s Set Sail Program set the ambitious target of 3,000 private network deployments by 2023. While public announcements are lagging, the industry speculations talk about 500-800 operational private networks in China, as of October 2021. Meanwhile, recent news has dampened the enthusiasm as the Chinese 5G Industry is reported to have radically cut unprofitable 5G use cases (such as remote surgery) to narr…

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