The concept of private networks has been around for a long time. Private networks are usually preferred by businesses and various types of private organizations to protect the data and information they store and process.
Although the basic technologies and infrastructure for private and public networks remain the same, says Iasi Mehta, an IoT and Big Data Science specialist, private networks are limited to the companies that own them.
Compared to social networks, creating a private network is slightly more complex as it involves the application of security measures and access restrictions. For example, while setting up a private network, the number of devices that can connect to the network must be taken into account, web servers must be additionally protected to avoid cyber attacks, and secure hardware and firewall applications must be installed. to provide a high level of security.
The growing need for private 5G networks
The initiative taken by the US government to provide unlicensed cellular brands for public use with the introduction of the Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) has become a global trend and has been adopted by various countries such as Germany, the UK and others.
This initiative not only met the growing need for organizations to stay secure and use high-speed network connections, but also provided customers with a better alternative to other network technologies such as virtual private networks (VPNs) and Wi-Fi networks. This eventually led to a rapidly growing demand for 5G networks and will pave the way for next generation network technology.
Private networks are the best option for businesses, as they offer secure and performance-oriented connectivity. They also offer businesses flexibility in terms of service quality (QoS) and security policies. The manufacturing, logistics and healthcare sectors have recently been launched using private 5G networks to cope with the ever-changing demands of the market.
These sectors have strict requirements in terms of automation, productivity, cybersecurity protection and compliance with their corporate IT and security policies. The adoption of private 5G networks marks their needs and uses.
While on the topic of private networks, Nir Shalom, CEO of floLIVE, who was also general manager and vice president of network application development at AT&T, acknowledged in a press release that the company has completed an investment of $ 15.5 million (€ 13.12 million) as part of its extended series of B-series financing, resulting in a total of $ 37 million euro).
The company offers cloudy 5G mobile private network (MPN), which offers high productivity, resilience and security to businesses in sectors such as healthcare, Industry 4.0 and utilities. As cybersecurity threats to national infrastructure increase, the latter are turning to private networks to secure their digitally connected assets.
The company’s MPN solution can be implemented via a private radio access network (RAN) on campuses or can be connected to public RANs located by national carriers, providing adequate coverage and performance.
This efficient and flexible private 5G network is just one of many Internet of Things (IoT) solutions designed for businesses, mobile operators and IoT service providers. Their solution package uses software-defined connectivity (SDC), which offers flexibility, integrativity, and the inherent security and performance of the IoT environment.
In addition, businesses are moving fast IoT digital transformation which requires advanced connection methods. In a pandemic, organizations must inevitably allow their employees to work remotely. Remote work from different locations cannot be carried out by taking strict security measures. This leads to the adoption of private 5G networks by companies.
Types of private networks
The private network must be able to provide seamless connectivity in which people and things can connect securely, communicate and perform business functions. It is important that the private network has better security mechanisms and smart policy implementation. Finally, the private network must offer a quality service in addition to security and connectivity. Private networks can be broadly classified into three categories, as indicated below, depending on their uses.
Private campus networks
A private network that is designed to provide connectivity to a limited and confined environment is known as a private campus network. This type of private network is used in factories, hospitals and other areas where security, confidentiality and service requirements are unique and can use public or private RAN.
Private networks throughout the country
Private networks across the country have a variety of uses, such as the construction of smart cities and connected vehicles, and also provide good service to utility providers that implement smart connected meters.
Global private networks
Global private networks apply the same security, compliance, performance and privacy requirements as national private networks. The only difference is that global private networks can be accessed from anywhere on the planet.
Using private networks, companies can have more secure and personalized networks where they can take full control of network availability. These aforementioned features of private 5G networks such as flexibility, availability, security and cost-effectiveness can increase business productivity and pave the way for new innovations.
The author is Yash Mehta, a specialist in IoT and Big Data Science.