BT and Ericsson have struck a multi-million pound partnership agreement to offer private 5G networks to businesses across Britain, enabling them to deploy Internet of Things (IoT) and other technologies securely and swiftly.
Private 5G networks mirror public 5G, but connectivity is limited to a group of devices in a dedicated space, such as a factory, a port or a campus, where 5G’s security and ultra-low latency can be fully utilised in additional services.
According to Marc Overton, managing director for BT’s Division X, Enterprise, the company is working with Sweden’s Ericsson in deploying, operating the networks, and in deploying applications as well.
Both have previously collaborated on several major projects in incorporating private 5G networks, such as Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland.
They have installed a 5G private network across 35 acres of operational port, driving operational efficiencies and optimising processes across transport, logistics, supply chain and shipping, said Overton.
He went on to add, “We’re now into phase two of the project and this includes various use cases such as teleoperation of heavy plant machinery, artificial reality (AR) for remote maintenance, as well as enhanced video AI analytics and the use of drones for surveillance and inspections”.
Under the terms of the new deal, they will focus on deploying 5G technology in sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, transport and logistics, sites such as large shopping centers or stadiums, and ports.