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Private 5G Goes Mainstream: Enterprise Demand and QCT Momentum in the Market

The private 5G market continues to expand supporting enterprises’ transformation and delivering benefits in areas such as security and real-time data insights.

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September 19, 2023

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Private 5G Goes Mainstream: Enterprise Demand and QCT Momentum in the Market

Why is 5G suitable for enterprise markets? 

More than previous iterations of cellular technologies, 5G was designed to be ideally suited to connect things and enterprise markets. It has three main features: 

  • Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), delivering increased peak data rates to 20Gbps 

  • Ultra-reliable low-latency (URLLC), reducing latency to less than 10ms 

  • Massive machine-type communications (mMTC), increasing device density to 1 million connections per square km 

In new verticals that have a need for reliability and low-latency connectivity, 5G is becoming more widespread. It is ideally suited for multiple scenarios including delivering indoor and outdoor connectivity to support cameras and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in complex environments such as a manufacturing plant or a processing site; it supports large numbers of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for monitoring and tracking in smart cities or logistics; it can deliver connectivity to personnel, devices, and guests in a hospital or university; and it supports high-bandwidth requirements at concerts and sporting events. Additionally, regulatory innovation is also speeding enterprise 5G uptake. An increasing number of countries including Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and the US are providing spectrum directly to the enterprise to deploy private 5G networks.  

Market insight and demand for private 5G 

Enterprises want private 5G because it has clear advantages over other options. Private 5G offers the enterprise unique advantages: 

  • Control over data: private 5G ensures absolute data control, transcending public networks. 

  • Tailored spectrum precision: precision and quality of service (QoS) thrive with dedicated spectrum, refining operational finesse. 

  • Customizable flexibility shapes a distinctive network: private 5G offers tailored deployment to match aspirations. 

  • Comprehensive coverage, surpassing Wi-Fi: private 5G guarantees robust signal coverage. 

  • Unwavering stability: amid user surges, private 5G maintains seamless throughput, outperforming Wi-Fi. 

  • Robust security: safeguard data with end-to-end encryption and SIM authentication. 

  • Seamless connectivity: private 5G’s licensed spectrum ensures smooth, interference-free connection. 

5G smart verticals 

Private 5G is growing across all verticals: Omdia’s Private LTE and 5G Networks Tracker counts deployments in all verticals. Industrial environments see strong adoption, and manufacturing is leading the way. QCT, in collaboration with Intel, counts 14 customer deployments in this vertical. Overall, QCT has deployed its private 5G OmniPOD solution for 28 customers across eight different verticals and in 18 labs alongside its strategic partners. 

In different vertical environments, private 5G can support multiple devices including cameras, XR goggles, smartphones, sensors, AGVs, and robot dogs. Use cases and scenarios include video and data analytics, video live streaming, mobile robot control, and eSOP (electronic standard operating procedures). The solution is gaining momentum across all verticals including higher education and research, manufacturing, smart cities, and transport. 

Significantly, 5G standardization is creating a path to further opportunities: release 15 supports high-bandwidth and low-latency use cases, and release 16 supports network-slicing and ultra-low-latency use cases. As private 5G continues to flourish, it weaves transformative change across industries, offering a future ripe for innovation. 

Customer voice 

Private 5G brings numerous benefits to the customer, among them unparalleled reliability, security, and scalability, which many enterprises need in order to realize digital transformation. 

In addition to these benefits, QCT OmniPOD brings time and cost savings with an easy-to-run, end-to-end infrastructure comprising a 5G RAN, 5G core, and management platform powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. This turnkey solution can be up and running in half a day. It is also a solution that has a high reliability of 99.99%, which translates to less than 15 minutes downtime per year, thus supporting business- and mission-critical use cases for the enterprise. It has a multiple-slot format, supporting high configurability in terms of uplink and downlink needs, and therefore it can be configured in a downlink-heavy scenario, an uplink-heavy scenario, and a balanced one. OmniPOD was also recognized by a third-party provider as having a top-of-the-rank performance.  

QCT’s success 

QCT has gained hands-on experience in the private 5G networks space. It has deployed 40-plus use cases in field deployments, proofs of concept (PoCs), and trials and in labs in Japan, South Korea, Germany, Singapore, the US, Taiwan, and other countries. In Taiwan, OmniPOD won more than 20 projects, representing a 50% market share. QCT also delivered the first private 5G PoC in Malaysia and set up the first communication lab in Singapore in partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design to develop use cases such as AR/VR. QCT’s commitment is highlighted by its early participation in the O-RAN Asia & Pacific Open Testing and Integration Centre (OTIC) for security assessment in Singapore. 

The company’s global presence is a testament to its proactive engagement. In Germany, it forged a service partner network. In the US, the company received FCC certification for its OmniRAN product, which was also successfully connected with Google SAS product. It also signed a memorandum of understanding with Intel to foster private wireless collaboration under TTIC (Technology Trade and Investment Collaboration). Learn more: OmniPOD Enterprise 5G Solution | QCT 

Figure 1: QCT Use Cases



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Pablo Tomasi, Principal Analyst, Private Networks and Enterprise 5G

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