The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has identified 889 organisations deploying LTE or 5G Private Mobile Networks in over 70 countries, highlighting the explosive growth of the technology in Germany and the UK.
37 of these deployments are using the new 5G Standalone technology. The manufacturing sector is the strongest adopter of the technology with 165 identified companies, up from 111 at the end of 2021. This is closely followed by the education, mining and power utilities sectors.
The GSA has identified 66 mobile operators with Private Mobile Network projects, with 57% being LTE only. Including those deployments where LTE and 5G is combined, LTE is used in 672 of the customers deploying private mobile networks. 5G is being deployed in 354, or 39.8%, of customers.
The USA leads the deployment, followed by Germany, China, the UK and Japan. There are also Private Mobile Network installations in various offshore locations serving the oil and gas industries, as well as on ships.
“Private mobile networks are a microcosm of the wider 4G and 5G ecosystem. There is a strong positive correlation between liberalised spectrum and the adoption of private mobile networks. Our dataset includes over 50 equipment vendors, 66 operators and 70 countries and territories, all working together to realise the potential of this market across multiple sectors,” said Joe Barrett, President of the Global mobile Suppliers Association. “Manufacturing, education, mining, rail and power utilities organisations, are, among other, investing and deploying networks that will drive automation, productivity and change. Through these investments, organisations show that they truly believe in Private Networks and its promises.”
GSA defines a Private Mobile Network as a 3GPP-based 4G/LT-5G private mobile network intended for the sole use of private entities such as enterprises, industries or governments, that is not offered to the general public and uses spectrum defined in 3GPP. It also includes 3GPP-based MulteFire and Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS).
Excluded from this data are non-3GPP networks such as WiFi networks, Tetra, P25, WIMAX, Sigfox, and LORA, network slices from the public network or virtual network function (VNF) on a router, and where operators are deploying extra sites in proximity of enterprise locations as an extension of their existing public network in order to provide better coverage.
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