What is 5G wireless?
5G wireless delivers ultra-reliable and low-latency services, the ability to manage vast amounts of devices simultaneously, and a significant increase in network performance. These capabilities have huge potential for new use cases in industries such as logistics / warehousing, healthcare, manufacturing, and others which rely on highly predictable wireless network connectivity for almost all their automated operations.
Why is 5G Wireless Important?
Unlike its predecessors, 5G offers more than just faster download speeds. Increased capacity, large coverage area, and support for low latency applications lay the foundation for new digital initiatives within the enterprise.
5G brings considerable benefits that will support completely new services, businesses and technology. In the future, smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and ubiquitous IoT (Internet of Things) will rely on 5G to stay connected and operational - across public commercial and private enterprise networks.
Benefits of 5G wireless
5G wireless builds off of the success of 4G and enhances the overall efficiency and performance of the network. Improvements in capacity, reliability, and speed will help organizations scale more efficiently and support thousands of critical applications and devices.
Key benefits of 5G include the following:
- Low latency under 20 milliseconds round-trip,
- Up to 1Gbps data transfer rate,
- High density for device connectivity,
- Interference-free wireless connectivity, and
- Critical application support at predictable service levels.
Upgrades to OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing) allow 5G to handle higher data rates, improve energy efficiency, and enable flexible low latency transmissions.
5G wireless uses three separate frequency bands to provide reliable service to serve devices both near and far. A combination of low, mid, and high band 5G is used to transmit data depending on where a device is located. In addition, improvements across the use of private cellular spectrum options make 5G more accessible and reliable than previous generations within the enterprise.
The low band provides moderate speeds across vast distances, while the high band offers the highest speeds at a much shorter range. 5G wireless uses all three bands when appropriate to provide the best possible service, allowing businesses to operate at scale.
Lastly, businesses can deploy 5G technology without impacting their current performance. Private 5G solutions from Celona are designed to work directly with your infrastructure without interfering with existing Wi-Fi or public cellular connectivity options.
Where is 5G wireless being used?
5G wireless can be used in any public or private environment where there is a need for higher density of connected devices and improved performance for critical applications - and there is cellular spectrum available. However, a few key industries are already taking advantage of private 5G technology to enhance their businesses.
Private 5G wireless provides both the coverage and reliability needed to serve large warehouse and fast-moving assembly lines. Manufacturers use 5G cellular technology to monitor their equipment through IoT sensors allowing for improved proactive maintenance. With improved latency metrics, private 5G can be designed to automate operations and support autonomous and remotely operated vehicles on the factory floor.
With private 5G wireless, industrial IoT infrastructure no longer has to be manually monitored across challenging indoor and outdoor environments. With predictable performance levels across very large coverage areas, 5G-enabled devices can enable wider range and accurate monitoring of digital infrastructure. Pairing such collected data with machine learning tools will allow traditional industries to detect potential failures in their operations at a much higher rate and even before they take place - significantly reducing their operational expense.
Hospitals and clinics can use private 5G wireless to closely monitor patient room technology and improve voice/video communication among their staff, by taking advantage of interference-free communication next to existing public cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
How do businesses start using 5G wireless technology?
Businesses that demand high service levels and minimal downtime can build their own private 5G networks to support their critical applications. In the past, businesses had little control over how their cellular data was controlled, secured, and prioritized - when relying on public commercial mobile network operators (MNOs) for cellular wireless service.
For the first time, organizations can harness the power of 5G without relying on commercial carriers or network operators. Operating over the CBRS spectrum band in the United States and other private cellular spectrum options around the world, organizations can set up private 5G networks with ease, comparable to Wi-Fi. This puts the control back into the hands of organizations for system configuration and maintenance, and eliminates lengthy contracts and commercial service fees for public cellular service.
Like any network, private 5G wireless requires proper planning of cellular access point placement indoors and outdoors, device access control for SIM authentication and provisioning, and detailed definition of application-level service levels to work successfully.
The Celona Solution
Celona partners with enterprise organizations to provide private LTE and 5G services as a seamless turnkey solution. Celona’s unique 5G LAN solution utilizes cloud networking principles designed for enterprise environments and AI powered automation to make implementing private mobile networks an out-of-box experience. Onboarding can be done alongside existing wireless and IT infrastructure, without interrupting business operations.
In a private mobile network, businesses have the opportunity to control their data with more precision than ever before. With the market leading and patent pending Celona MicroSlicing technology, enterprises can also control which specific applications get the latency, throughput and packet error rate service levels that they need. Each of the Celona MicroSlicing policies can provide resources to different applications, services, or device groups - and enable seamless integration of existing enterprise network resources with private cellular.
Plug-and-play cellular access points can be quickly deployed throughout the campus, while proactive monitoring ensures network SLAs such as throughput and latency requirements are consistently being met.
If you’re building your network for the future, we can help. Check out our network planner to estimate the size of your CBRS powered private LTE network, or test drive the Celona 5G LAN Solution for yourself through our free trial.