Private networking, voice and IoT

Private networks have become essential to the future success of 5G technology, but they have to interact and interoperate with classical PLMN and MNO networks – both for legacy services as well as for new forms of M2M2H communication.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that 5G represents, not just a revolution in terms of speed and performance capabilities, but also a profound change in the structure of the mobile industry and ecosystem. That’s because many expect to see a proliferation of new, non-public networks, or NPNs.

NPNs are seen by many in industry as a way of securing dedicated 5G infrastructure and performance, for specific operating sites – for example, a factory or a port. Some of these, such as the latter, will be permanent, while others, such as for an outside broadcast facility, may be temporary. Some will be delivered by MNOs, while others may be built independently, depending on the regulatory regime in place.

While each of these will be built to service very specific local communications requirements – such as low latency applications for industrial devices and factory robots, for example – they must also incorporate conventional business applications and services. That means business processes, that may need to communicate with cloud-based services, as well as classical communications services.

This means that there is also a need for NPNs to interact with public networks and for effective communication transfer between the two. In addition, many 5G-enabled IoT applications may also need to interact with classical communications services – for example, to trigger an SMS or to initiate a voice call to alert a user.

In other words, there is a need for B2B service interaction, as well as for human interaction from M2M / IoT devices. This latter category, we term M2M2H and, indeed, a number of speakers referred to this during the recent Advanced Voice Communications Summit in Berlin.

The way in which this interaction will be facilitated is an exciting and emerging field. We’ve been working in this domain for several years, through field trials, PoCs and some live deployments. To date, these have been relatively small scale, but it’s increasingly clear that they will soon become mainstream. That’s why we’re also working on new service orchestration models, so that the way in which all of these different services, across different domains (NPN, PLMN, private / public cloud) can interact effectively, without conflict and with seamless service delivery.

It’s an exciting domain and we anticipate considerable momentum to build in 2020, as NPNs head to reality. So, if you are looking at delivering NPNs to business and industrial partners, we can help extend and deliver classical services to users within these domains, as well as to extend classical services to IoT and machine applications. Let’s get ready for the 5G SA transition – talk to Gintel and see how we can help.

IoT, B2B Services, 5G, NPNs, M2M

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