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Private mobile networks
Companies operating on a manufacturing plant, logistics area, production site… can strongly benefit from a mobile private network to connect multiple devices on the move. Since they share sensitive data and often support critical functions, it is usually needed to have ultra-reliable, high-speed, low-latency wireless connectivity. Private LTE or 5G mobile private networks (MPNs) are here and can deliver much higher quality than WiFi. Find out how they work!
Manufacturing; healthcare; retail; transportation, logistics…
What is the use case?
How it works
A private mobile network (PMN) is a dedicated local on-premise cellular (LTE or 5G) network, designed to cover a specific location, site or premises, that uses dedicated spectrum and has dedicated operating functions (radio, potential core, and management).
The PMN market was sized at $2 billion in 2018 and will grow to $19 billion by 2026. PMNs outclass outdoor Wi-Fi and are relevant in various situations e.g., for enterprises located in remote areas with limited coverage, for mission critical applications, to meet special security/latency needs.
Impact of edge on business
Edge lowers the cost of building PMNs by opening up options for enterprises, rather than confining them to proprietary solutions. Edge allows customers to leverage a distributed architecture & use the same edge infrastructure for other apps. Edge can also be used to manage on-prem vRAN and core functions.
Latency & Reliability
PMNs are often supporting mission critical applications, therefore need to be ultra-reliance.
Mobility & Flexibility
The PMN can more easily expand if network functions can be deployed more flexibly across different edges.
The enterprise can run additional security functions and ensure that sensitive data does not leave premises.
By leveraging the distributed edge, fail over can be reduced (i.e. using it as a back-up).
What is the need for edge orchestration?
Enterprises invest in private mobile networks to reap the benefits of a highly reliably, secure network that enables a host of mission critical applications running on top of the infrastructure. Edge computing and effective edge orchestration is needed to ensure that the network doesn’t fail and is highly reliable. For example, the edge orchestrator is responsible for monitoring network functions running at the edge and quickly moving them around the available compute nodes to ensure that key network SLAs are met at all times.
01. The private network includes dedicated network infrastructure (e.g., RAN) on customer premises.
02. The edge orchestrator monitors network functions and ensures that the network runs smoothly without interruptions.
03. The orchestrator notices a failing network function and moves it to a different compute node to ensure network continuity.
04. The edge orchestrator is also responsible for the lifecycle management of the applications that run on top of the private network.