Verizon's 5G launch to improve manufacturing industry
Telecommunications company Verizon announced the launch of its international private 5G platform for global enterprises located in Europe and the Asia–Pacific region.
Delivered in partnership with Nokia, the offering will enable businesses to deploy a private industrial-grade dedicated 5G network capability within their premises.
Verizon said that in addition to ultra-low latency and increased speed, a key benefit of a private 5G network is the ability for businesses — particularly those with manufacturing, distribution and logistics facilities — to deploy a customised on-site mobile network, eliminating the need to transmit data through public networks.
Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin said the announcement launched the next phase of the company’s global 5G vision.
“If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that there’s never been a more critical time for mobility, broadband and cloud products and services,” Erwin said.
“Private 5G networks will be a transformative technology that will drive the new era of disruption and innovation for enterprises around the world.”
A private 5G network is a self-contained network whose components all reside in a single facility, consisting of micro towers and small cells, and connects to an organisation’s local area network (LAN) and enterprise applications.
It will utilise Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud, a private wireless network solution with automation enablers that will allow for application deployment through a web-based interface.
Brian R Fitzgerald, SVP Global Solutions at Nokia, said private wireless connectivity has become central to many industries in realising their long-term digital transformation goals.
“By delivering private 5G together with Verizon, we’re paving the way to accelerate digitalisation for the most demanding industries who crave reliable wireless connectivity,” Fitzgerald said.
Recently, Verizon has stepped up its global efforts around 5G. In addition to its 5G Lab and production studio in London, the company announced a 5G roaming service in South Korea and is a founding member of the 5G Future Forum, a group of global 5G leaders accelerating the delivery of 5G and interoperable MEC-enabled solutions.
The launch of private 5G will also enable Verizon to deliver its next-generation content creation, production and distribution technologies at scale and in real time to global audiences for customers, the company said.
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