Although the list of 5G applications for various industries seems limitless, most use cases fit into one of three categories:
These use cases can be applied to a variety of industries, but a few sectors seem to be the most interested and have seen the benefits from deploying private networks.
A report by Analysys Mason estimates that by 2027, 67% of the private LTE/5G network spend (estimated at $7.7B USD) will be generated by the manufacturing and mining, oil and gas sectors.
Other industries that are benefiting from private networks include logistics, transportation, venues, and stadiums. Each industry has specific use cases that can benefit from private networks whether that is improved business efficiencies, enhanced customer experience, or enabling new business operations.
A private cellular network presents significant advantages for the manufacturing industry. It offers superior connectivity, coverage, and reliability compared to traditional Wi-Fi and distributed antenna systems (DAS). The benefits of a private cellular network stem from its ability to ensure uninterrupted communication, real-time data exchange, and efficient operations within manufacturing facilities.
Private cellular networks provide extensive coverage and can penetrate challenging environments, such as large manufacturing plants with dense machinery and obstacles. These networks offer lower latency, ensuring instantaneous data transmission critical for tasks like robotic automation, quality control, and equipment monitoring.
In addition, private cellular networks offer enhanced security through dedicated spectrum allocation and advanced encryption protocols, safeguarding sensitive production data from potential cyber threats. Centralized management allows for seamless network monitoring, maintenance, and updates, reducing downtime and enhancing overall productivity.
Other wireless technologies often struggle to address issues such as congestion in high-density areas, interference from machinery, and susceptibility to external disruptions. As Industry 4.0 demands more interconnected and data-driven manufacturing processes, a private cellular network emerges as an invaluable solution, ensuring optimized operations, improved safety, and increased efficiency across the manufacturing landscape.