By Asimakis Kokkos, MFA Technical Specification Group Chair
The Alliance for Private Networks is proud to announce the completion of our first set of Uni5G™ technology blueprints based on 3GPP Release 15. These blueprints were developed to help industry verticals deploy their own 5G private networks that are designed specifically to meet their requirements for coverage, reliability, connection density, and latency.
We started this project over a year ago when we partnered with Beecham Research to interview industries operating around the world in a variety of sectors to assess their connectivity requirements. Based on their responses, we were able to identify four attributes that were required beyond baseline enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB).
Identify 3GPP Features
The second step was to identify the exact 3GPP features in Release 15 that industry verticals should implement to achieve coverage, reliability, connection density and low latency for their deployment scenario. 3GPP Release 15 has hundreds of features to choose from so this can be an overwhelming task for industry verticals that are not telecom experts. After extensive review, we narrowed down the options to 10 feature categories – with each category including between one and nine features with a total of 35 features.
Mapping Feature Categories to 3GPP Features
The next step was the mapping. We looked at each feature category and mapped the 3GPP features required to support each industry attribute.
What we found in our mapping is that the features that support coverage also improve reliability. And the features that support connection density also reduce latency. So, if an industry vertical wants to ensure that their network deployment will support their connection density requirements, they will also gain the advantage of lower latency.
The mapping resulted in three Uni5G blueprint families.
- Uni5G technology blueprint 15.1 which supports reliability and coverage requirements.
- Uni5G technology blueprint 15.2 which supports latency and density requirements.
- Uni5G technology blueprint 15.3 which supports all requirements.
Within each blueprint family, we also identified a “basic” version and an “extended” version. Each extended version implements a few additional features. This provides industry verticals with the option to purchase and deploy either a basic or high-end device that will work best for them. For example, a port operator can take the Uni5G Technology Blueprint to their vendor of choice and let them know which features their devices need to implement.
By combing through the hundreds of 3GPP features and identifying just the features needed for private network deployments by industry verticals, the Alliance is taking the guess work out of the process. With Uni5G technology blueprints, the Alliance is realizing its mission to provide a simplified path to 5G private networks.
Download the Uni5G technology blueprints here.
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Industry 4.0 is best served by private 5G networks – particularly for demanding applications within the manufacturing and process industries. Plug-and-play 5G connectivity makes it possible to efficiently support the wide range of wireless communication applications needed in smart manufacturing including real-time applications, preventive maintenance and remote operations. With private 5G networks, enterprises can enjoy optimized, reliable, and secure wireless connectivity with on-premises data management for increased flexibility and efficiency.
With this in mind, the Alliance is excited to share that we have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 5G-ACIA, the global leading organization for driving and shaping Industrial 5G. Our joint efforts will help advance the adoption of 5G private networks in manufacturing and process industries, encouraging more companies to take advantage of the spectrum options available around the world.
Officially, the MoU establishes an open communication channel for exchanging information between the two organizations for the development of joint industry white papers, market research efforts, and collective event participation. More importantly, we are confident that this MoU will amplify the efforts of both organizations, our members, and the global ecosystem as well, to facilitate 5G private network deployments so that enterprises experience the benefits of a dedicated, optimized and secure network now.
The leadership of both organizations shared their thoughts regarding the impact of this MoU:
Mazen Chmaytelli, President
“The Alliance for Private Networks welcomes the opportunity to partner with 5G-ACIA to jointly advance the global 5G private network adoption in manufacturing and process industries. With this partnership we can combine resources in targeted efforts to accelerate 5G private network adoption for industrial applications.”
Dr. Andreas Mueller, 5G-ACIA Chair
“Private networks play a crucial role for the adoption of 5G in the industrial domain due to special performance, security and business requirements. Therefore, 5G-ACIA has played a pivotal role in the development of private mobile networks ever since. We are very excited to join forces with MFA in order to lay the foundation for a more widespread adoption of private networks in the manufacturing and process industries in future.”
Read the full press release and look for updates on joint activities of both organizations in the days ahead. In the meantime, be sure to follow MFA on Twitter and LinkedIn and 5G-ACIA on Twitter and LinkedIn.
- The Alliance for private networks and 5G-ACIA sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive the adoption of 5G private networks in manufacturing and process industries.
- The MoU establishes a closer channel for exchanging views and joint development of industry white papers, market research efforts, in-person opportunities for ecosystem engagement, and more.
Fremont, CA (USA), Frankfurt/Main (Germany) January 30, 2023 – The Alliance for private networks and 5G-ACIA, the globally leading organization for driving and shaping Industrial 5G, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the adoption of 5G private wireless networks in manufacturing and process industries. The MoU strengthens the cooperative relationship and fosters a closer channel for exchanging views and information through the development of joint industry white papers, market research efforts, collaborative event participation, and in-person opportunities for ecosystem engagement.
The Alliance is championing the global industry adoption of private wireless networks in any available spectrum, providing guidance through Uni5G™ technology blueprints for 5G and our unique global PLMN-ID, made available to enterprises through the Network Identifier Program. Additionally, the Alliance provides resources and tools through various channels for industry verticals to simplify their path to optimized, reliable, and secure private networks in locally licensed, shared, and unlicensed spectrum. Our mission is to guide enterprises to deploy their own private networks in any spectrum, and provide the tools and resources needed to facilitate and achieve their digitalization goals.
The mission of 5G-ACIA is to ensure the best possible applicability of 5G technology and 5G networks for connected industries, in particular the manufacturing and process industries. 5G-ACIA will ensure that the interests and particular aspects of the industrial domain are adequately considered in 5G standardization and regulation. 5G-ACIA will further ensure that the ongoing 5G developments are understood by and transferred to the industrial domain. This includes possible integration concepts and migration paths, together with the evaluation of key technologies emerging from 5G standardization bodies.
Mazen Chmaytelli, President of The Alliance for private networks
“The Alliance welcomes the opportunity to partner with 5G-ACIA to jointly advance the global 5G private network adoption in manufacturing and process industries. With this partnership we can combine resources in targeted efforts to accelerate 5G private network adoption for industrial applications.”
Dr. Andreas Mueller, 5G-ACIA Chair
“Private networks play a crucial role for the adoption of 5G in the industrial domain due to special performance, security and business requirements. Therefore, 5G-ACIA has played a pivotal role in the development of private mobile networks ever since. We are very excited to join forces with the Alliance for private networks in order to lay the foundation for a more widespread adoption of private networks in the manufacturing and process industries in future.”
About The Alliance for private networks:
We are an industry alliance supporting private network adoption. The Alliance provides resources that simplify the path to optimized, reliable and secure private networks in locally licensed, shared, or unlicensed spectrum. The Alliance enables the ecosystem with its Uni5G™ technology blueprints and its unique global PLMN-ID program. Uni5G, based on 3GPP specifications, identifies the key 5G features needed for enterprises to successfully deploy their own private network. The Alliance is a 3GPP Market Representation Partner. Learn more at www.mfa-tech.org.
The 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) is the globally leading organization for driving and shaping Industrial 5G. 5G-ACIA members jointly prepare for the disruptive change that 5G will bring, promote a better understanding of industrial needs, and gain insights into a highly attractive emerging market. 5G-ACIA provides a unique platform for OT and ICT companies, academia, and all relevant stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment, in line with industrial imperatives. The currently more than 90 member organizations make the results of their work directly available to 3GPP, the main standardization body for developing 5G. 5G-ACIA is a market representation partner of 3GPP and has the formal status of a working party of ZVEI e.V. www.5g-acia.org
The Alliance for private networks is providing a new resource center for enterprises seeking information on how to simplify deployment of their own private network that meets 3GPP standards. These free tools include technology blueprints for 5G private network deployment, an interactive map displaying available spectrum options, state of private network tracker to give a pulse on industry adoption, our monthly newsletter, and the network identifier program. Continue reading for a closer look!
Uni5G – The Uni5G technology blueprints leverage 3GPP 5G standards to define profiling and classification requirements, enabling enterprises to deploy their own optimized, reliable, and secure 5G private network. The blueprints provide recommended key functionalities for coverage, reliability, connection density, and latency. Enterprises can then share the blueprints with equipment manufacturers to facilitate their automation goals in locally licensed, shared, and unlicensed spectrum. Download the blueprints here.
Interactive spectrum map – We developed an interactive spectrum map that allows enterprises to identify the available spectrum for their individual country and/or region. The map will be regularly updated and is hosted on the website for easy reference. Be sure to bookmark the page for the latest availability in your area.
State of private network tracker – In partnership with industry analyst firm Mobile Experts, our state of private network tracker sheds light on the number of deployments and the state of private networks across a variety of industry verticals and regions where they are gaining ground. The Alliance is committed to monitoring this information and sharing it with anyone interested in learning more about the private network opportunity. For more, download the Private Network Market Update report.
Insights – Private Networks Report newsletter – Our recently launched newsletter provides enterprises with regular updates on advancements in private network deployment, industrial use cases, and information to help you connect with the resources and tools – including white papers, case studies, and specification updates – the Alliance provides. Subscribe today at www.mfa-tech.org/newsletter.
Network Identifier Program – This program enables enterprises who deploy private networks anywhere in the world to get their own unique network identifier (PLMN-ID). The unique network identifier is critical to authenticate devices connected to a private cellular network, ensuring increased reliability and security.
Look for more from the Alliance in future blogs.
As you may have noticed from our refreshed website, The Alliance for Private Networks has had a pivotal year. The Alliance was excited to participate in industry events and share updates that are already having an impact on enterprises around the globe.
To promote the launch of our new resource center for enterprises seeking to deploy their own 5G private networks, The Alliance for Private NEtworks President Mazen Chmaytelli was invited to present at the September 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) plenary meeting. During his presentation, Mazen introduced the Uni5G™ technology blueprints and our other recently-launched private network resources to attending 5G-ACIA members. We were also pleased to sponsor the 5G-ACIA Industry Day and are identifying further opportunities for collaboration.
The following week, the Alliance was proud to sponsor and exhibit at Hannover Messe USA – one of the largest gatherings of industrial manufacturing in North America, attracting visitors looking to discover technologies and services for Industry 4.0. Starting the show off, we sponsored the Solutions Theater on Monday, sharing the exciting developments in private networks for Industry 4.0, manufacturing solutions, and trends. The Alliance for Private Networks President Mazen Chmaytelli and Technical Specification Group Chair Asimakis Kokkos both provided presentations to the gathering and shared the benefits of private networks for manufacturing facilities. They also discussed the ways enterprises can leverage our tools to ensure that their private network is able to meet their unique requirements for coverage, reliability, connection density, security, and latency.
Earlier this month, we also had the unique opportunity to exhibit at GITEX Global in the Dubai World Trade Centre. Our representatives were on-site to share the benefits of private networks and promote how the Uni5G technology blueprints, Network Identifier Program, and MulteFire technology can simplify private network deployments for enterprises across industry verticals in the Middle East region.
Interested in meeting our representatives? We will be attending the following upcoming event:
5G Manufacturing Forum – November 1, Virtual Event
The Alliance for Private Networks is a proud sponsor of the upcoming “5G Manufacturing Forum” Digital Forum. Registration for the free event provides attendees an opportunity to learn how they can leverage 5G connectivity for smart manufacturing. Technical Specification Group Chair Asimakis Kokkos will present in the “Designing a future-proofed industrial 5G network” panel session. Stay tuned for time and registration specifics!
- The Alliance for private networks, introduces new industry resources for enterprises to simplify their path to optimized, reliable, and secure private networks in locally licensed, shared and unlicensed spectrum.
- New tools include technology blueprints for 5G private networks, an interactive map of available spectrum options, a private network tracker, and network identifier program.
- The Alliance is launching a new newsletter, “MFA Insights: Private Network Report,” to share updates on the latest private network deployments, spectrum availability, white papers, case studies, and more.
- The Alliance is sponsoring Hannover Messe USA, September 12-17 in Chicago, with featured speaking opportunities in the Solutions Theater and is showcasing technology resources in booth #134661.
September 7, 2022 – FREMONT, CA – The Alliance for private networks, today announced that it is launching a new resource center on its website for enterprises to gain access to tools that will aid their 3GPP-based private network deployments and to highlight private networks globally. Enterprises can access these tools to simplify their own private network deployments and to learn about available spectrum options in their region.
“The connectivity requirements of enterprises are becoming more complex, with thousands of devices on a network conducting business-critical applications,” said Mazen Chmaytelli, president, the Alliance for private networks. “The Alliance is a leading industry resource for enterprises looking to understand the benefits and opportunities of 3GPP-based private networks for their business. Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for enterprises to deploy their own private network in any spectrum, and we are providing the tools and resources to help them facilitate that and achieve their digitalization goals.”
As part of its new private networks resource center, the Alliance is launching a private network tracker in partnership with industry analyst firm, Mobile Experts. The tracker provides insight into the state of private networks across various industry verticals and enterprises as well as regions where private networks are gaining ground.
“As of the end of June 2022, Mobile Experts estimates that more than 2,800 private LTE and 5G networks have been cumulatively deployed,” said Kyung Mun, principal analyst, Mobile Experts. “We also forecast that the private cellular equipment market will grow 12-15% this year to $1.9B and continue to ramp as the industrial device ecosystem scales. We also see that additional regulators are taking their cue from early actions in Germany, Japan, USA and the UK to make available dedicated private 5G spectrum. The Alliance will be providing ongoing updates on private network deployments globally so enterprises can learn about trends and best practices.”
New monthly newsletter
Enterprises are encouraged to subscribe to our new newsletter that will feature a monthly update on private networks deployed globally in a variety of industries, as well as feature new white papers, case studies, and resources. Subscribe at www.mfa-tech.org/newsletter.
Uni5G technology blueprints available for enterprises
The Alliance has also made its Uni5G™ technology blueprints publicly available for any enterprise to download. The blueprints leverage 3GPP 5G standards to define profiling and classification requirements for private networks. Enterprises can use the blueprints as a tool with their vendor of choice to let them know which select features their devices need to implement. The initial set of blueprints is based on 3GPP Release 15, and the next set of blueprints based on Release 16 and beyond are under development.
Meet us at Hannover Messe USA
We will be presenting at Hannover Messe USA in the Solutions Theater located in Building 1, Level 3.
- Monday, Sept. 12, 10:30-11:00AM: Practical Tools to Simplify Your Private Network Deployment by Mazen Chmaytelli, President
- Friday, Sept. 16, 11:15-11:45AM: Deploying a Private 5G Network Doesn’t have to be Rocket Science by Asimakis Kokkos, Technical Specification Group Chair
Our representatives will also showcase technology solutions and resources in Booth #134661. To schedule a meeting with our private network experts, contact email@example.com.
- Download Uni5G technology blueprints
- White paper: PLMN-ID – The ideal solution for your private network development
- View the global spectrum map
- Private network deployment tracker
- Subscribe to our newsletter, Insights: Private Networks Report
About the Alliance
We are an industry alliance supporting private network adoption. We provide resources that simplify the path to optimized, reliable and secure private networks in locally licensed, shared, or unlicensed spectrum. The Alliance enables the ecosystem with its free Uni5G™ technology blueprints and its unique global PLMN-ID program. Uni5G, based on 3GPP specifications, identifies the key 5G features needed for enterprises to successfully deploy their own private network. The Alliance is a 3GPP Market Representation Partner. Learn more at www.mfa-tech.org.