BT and Ericsson Partners to Build Private 5G Networks

Telecommunication equipment companies BT Group (LON: BT) and Ericsson LM (ST: ERIC) have entered into partnership agreement aimed at providing private 5G networks to businesses across Britain to enable them deploy the Internet of things among other technologies quickly and in a secure manner.

Private 5G network works the same way at the public one only that it’s limited to a limited group of devices in a dedicated space like a factory or a campus where 5G’s security and ultra-low latency can be fully utilized in additional services.

The managing for BT’s Division X, Enterprise, Marc Overton, says the company is already working with Ericsson in deploying and operating networks and also putting in applications on top. Both companies have worked together on a number of major projects using private 5G networks including Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland.

Overton says they have installed a 5G private network across 35 acres of operational port increasing operational efficiencies and optimising processes across transport, logistics, supply chain and shipping.

We’re now into phase two of the project and this includes various use cases such as teleoperation of heavy plant machinery, artificial reality for remote maintenance, as well as enhanced video AI analytics and the use of drones for surveillance and inspections,” added Overton.

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