Who needs private wireless networks? There’s a standard list: industries that use machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, the military, police and public safety, and remotely sited industries such as oil and gas, mining, and agriculture.
These sectors look to private networks, whether based on 4G or 5G, to provide higher availability of mission-critical applications and dramatically increase operational efficiencies.
Where are Private Networks heading?
Even as a nascent market opportunity, the expectation moving forward is there is to be more video, a proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints, and an overall need for higher levels of performance and other requirements.
Likewise, the number of markets has also expanded. It now includes airports, seaports, hospitals, hotels, college campuses, stadiums, retail outlets, warehouses, (smart) cities and more.
Across this widening range of scenarios, network and IT leaders are looking
for connectivity solutions that go beyond what legacy telcos, with centralized operations and standardized templates, have traditionally been able to offer.
Stepping in their place are new or alternative telcos. These players may already serve as tower companies, internet exchanges, regional operators, or play another role in existing network infrastructure. Yet they also exhibit agility, an ability to broker new combinations and become expert in the demands of niche markets. In some cases, they are the end users themselves, who have taken the initiative to build their own networks.
Do we move forward now or wait for the upcoming 5G capabilities?
Which wireless spectrum can I use, and will I need custom waveforms?
What will my developers need to build and deploy embedded applications?
Whether new telco or vertical-specific player, they face challenges. Solving for the connectivity use cases in these markets requires thinking through a range of technical issues.
With experience serving clients building private networks, we at Octasic have answers to these and related questions. Our programmable Systems on Chip (SoC) silicon, which incorporate DSP cores and ARM co-processors, have been deployed using existing technologies, and they are evolving along with the market to leverage emerging wireless standards.
Our Integrated Development Environment (IDE) provides a powerful framework for customizing the use of our chips,
including the ability to change the waveform of any spectrum, on licensed and unlicensed bands. In short, we are as agile as any of the new telcos.
Going forward, we will see these markets mature. Not only in terms of technology, but also regulation and industry representation. But those who can’t afford to wait can still move forward, with proven and flexible technologies capable of meeting the unique demands and complex ecosystems that today’s private markets represent.
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