Connectivity as a service that is invisible to mobile operators

This week, other companies are building muscle in the private mobile network market, one of which was not a telephone company.

This should serve as a warning to mobile operators who may be encased in eMBB at the expense of business or industrial use cases. There are other players in the room who are struggling to become a trusted partner of the company, so you might want to keep going.

On Thursday, it was the turn of the network planning expert Vilicom. In partnership with cloud-native network provider Mavenir, we launched a service called Connectivity as as a Service (CaaS). With Mavenir’s vRAN platform, Vilicom can design and deploy user-independent indoor networks, whether 4G or 5G.

It was originally thrown by property developers, landlords and businesses (basically, where Joe Public frequented), similar to traditional venue coverage game. But given the growing desire for private mobile connectivity, it would be reasonable to believe that Vilicom and Mavenir CaaS can lead in this direction. This is because some of these venues may be staffed and have different operational processes and workflows that can be improved by the private network. And one of Vilicom’s business areas is private mobile networking (surprises, surprises).

“We believe we will be able to increase the network coverage and capacity delivery that is most needed because we will benefit from this product,” said Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom.

In fact, this gives the operator a relatively minor role. The operators want to hold the hands of the companies and lead them into the future. How can they want that when they let someone else hold their hands the most?

Connectivity as a service that is invisible to mobile operators

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One-click network

In another example this week, operators for frequencies are not required.

Federated Wireless, which provides services in the common CBRS band spectrum, launched on Tuesday: Connect as a service. This is a private cellular network (4G or 5G) that is sold to businesses through Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure Cloud marketplaces.

In fact, AWS or Microsoft Azure customers can add a private cellular network to their shopping cart with a single click.
“We install, operate and manage and provide five powerful and reliable connectivity,” Iyad Taraj, CEO of Federated Wireless, said in a blog post. Eliminates complexity, complex integration processes with many components and vendors and other networks, and significant expenses for hardware and other devices.

Another option is to say that companies can potentially have their own mobile networks without having to deal with mobile operators.

Japan joins private party

Fujitsu also announced this week that it would secure Japan’s first private 5G license and test it in Kawasaki’s new office at Kawasaki Technology Square. In the spring, Fujitsu will open a Collaboration Lab to design and test new private 5G use cases in collaboration with customers and partners.

“Fujitsu will continue to apply for private 5G licenses for other offices, factories and group companies in Japan to realize its own digital transformation projects for customers in various industries. We will provide support in the delivery of new products. value and business innovation,” says Fujitsu.

There is a risk that Japanese operators will have already missed out on a variety of private network opportunities before they finally start operating the 5G network. By the way Japan is lagging behind enough at 5G, and the government has already begun to work on 6G to avoid repeating the same mistake.

To be clear, Enterprise Pies are pretty big. ABI Research estimates that private LTE alone will have a market of USD 16.3 billion by 2025. Recent deals with Antwerp Port raise the potential size of a port market for private networks only.

Therefore, it is reasonable for traditional mobile operators to think that even if something like Federify Wireless or Vilicom arrives at the site, they continue to capture a large part of the private mobile network market. Nevertheless, they are once again in danger of being overlooked by a large proportion of potential customers.