Nokia has announced the global commercial availability of its new industrial-grade standalone 5G (5G SA) network solutions for private enterprise. Nokia's 5G SA provides a roadmap to fulfill the needs of the most demanding industrial, robotics, and manufacturing use cases.
The Finnish company also announced a new contract with the mining division of Swedish tool manufacturer Sandvik for the deployment of Nokia's 5G SA network at its test mine in the city of Tampere, Finland. The deal with Sandvik will provide high-end cellular connectivity in a highly challenging, real-life mining facility.
Sandvik will use the cellular network as a springboard to test and develop prototype mining solutions for its customers. The two companies say the primary use of the 5G private network is going to be for industrial automation, and specifically for remote control of deep-underground machinery from a surface control center using 4K video links.
Nokia has recently announced 5G private wireless deployments that include German railway firm Deutsche Bahn, German airline service provider Lufthansa Technik, and Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Production Engineering.
According to Nokia, the new 5G SA offering provides an entry point for the high-spec Industry 4.0 movement, for demanding industrial and manufacturing applications.
The Finnish company claims under its belt the most comprehensive portfolio of private LTE and 5G networking solutions available on the market, with new enhancements for its high-end LTE-based enterprise proposition as well, including the launch of the first Band 87 (410MHz) radio for private wireless in the public safety, transportation, and utilities sectors.
“With the introduction of 5G SA, we set a new standard for our enterprise customers with a world-class lineup of private wireless solutions to meet their digitalization needs, no matter their entry point or connectivity requirements," said Raghav Sahgal, President of Nokia Enterprise.
With Nokia’s new 5G SA solutions, enterprise customers have the choice of deploying Nokia Digital Automation Cloud – a compact, plug-and-play system with automation enablers – or, they can further customize their network according to their needs with Nokia Modular Private Wireless.
“Private wireless connectivity is central to our customers realizing their long-term digital transformation goals. By delivering 5G SA, we’re paving the way to accelerate digitalization in the most demanding of use cases such as automotive manufacturing, where cloud, robotics, and autonomous machine operations create mission-critical demands for reliable low-latency and high data rate,” Sahgal said.
Through Nokia's introduction of commercially available private wireless 5G SA, the company is also enabling Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and ecosystem partners to accelerate validation of 5G capabilities. In turn, this will help kickstart the development of 5G-capable industrial assets, accelerate application development, and integrate 5G into future industrial processes and systems.
In addition, Nokia will also apply its vertical expertise to deliver the transformational benefits of 5G across industry-specific use cases. The company continues working with its private wireless network ecosystem, which includes service providers, cloud partners, system integrators, strategic consulting, and industry specialists.
Nokia’s 5G SA private wireless will become the premier platform to enable future industry-related features and improvements. Nokia's announcement also addressed the needs of markets such as Germany, Japan, and The United Kingdom which, due to local 5G spectrum availability, are paramount to early adoption of 5G technology and its related ecosystem.
5G private wireless helps to address the demands of Industry 4.0 by providing:
Support for the widest range of global spectrum bands, including unlicensed spectrum that lets you deploy anywhere
An enterprise-grade core network that provides all the functions you need to run a full private 4.9G/LTE, or 5G network
Indoor and outdoor coverage for small to very large campuses, provided by Nokia's wide range of class-leading small and macro cells
Support for autonomous, on-premises private wireless networks and centralized or hybrid cloud architectures
End-to-end solutions for IP and optical, SD-WAN, wireless backhaul, Wireless PON, passive optical LAN, edge cloud servers, and analytics
Owned or as-a-service options
Rich analytics and digital automation enablers
Nokia's announcement of its private 5G SA for industry and manufacturing came right after ABI Research 5G Technology Summit. The center of the discussion was around how private 5G networks are going to outrun public 5G in the next 15 years. Industry leaders and analysts discussed the roadmap of 5G for industry and manufacturing.
Private 5G networks to outrun public 5G by 2036
According to ABI Research, during the course of the next 15 years, private 5G networks are expected to outrun public 5G. Industry 4.0 networking is going to unfold during the next decade. 5G becomes paramount for the industrial and manufacturing sector.
At ABI Research online 5G Technology Summit, ABI Research Director Dimitris Mavrakis said that the balance between spending on consumer and enterprise infrastructure, weighted entirely toward public networks as it stands, will shift decisively towards enterprises in about the year 2036.
During his presentation, Mavrakis spoke on a high-level view of market dynamics around spectrum, standards, and service provision for enterprise-grade cellular. The Summit provided insights into the state of 5G going forward with the participation of analysts and prominent industry experts. The Webinar replays can be watched here.
The forecast period extends to 2036 covering the tail-end of 4G-LTE, the rise of 5G-NR, and probably the emergence of an entirely innovative 6G generation of cellular. At the same time, it describes a shift in the core sales and investment strategy for network building in the cellular market.
Moreover, with the delivery of 3GPP Release 16 in early July 2020, and Release 17 scheduled for mid-2021, 5G is set to gain new industrial-grade capabilities, according to Mavrakis. "Notably with the arrival of ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) and time-sensitive networking (TSN), and to be raised above other Wireless technologies, notably Wi-Fi, as a connectivity workhorse for Industry 4.0."
Mavrakis said that by 2036, what is spent on enterprise cellular will be more than what goes to public cellular. "Enterprise use cases will be more important than consumer use cases."
“Why not Wi-Fi? Because cellular can provide additional features. And if we are talking business critical, mission critical, life critical communications, then cellular can provide the kind of reliability that Wi-Fi cannot,” he said.
According to Mavrakis, the unique selling point for cellular is that it is governed by global standards. Wi-Fi does not include the same carrier-grade features, and mostly introduces reliability by proprietary extensions.
In other words, he says that "enterprises cannot take advantage of global economies-of-scale, and have to utilize specific vendors for reliable communications. This is something cellular has a distinct advantage on.”
Indeed, exciting times are coming ahead for the industrial and manufacturing sector!