Bringing together NTT‘s Managed Private 5G solution with Cisco‘s network capabilities and Intel hardware, the launch looks to accelerate edge connectivity, with enterprises able to integrate the technology into pre-existing LAN/WAN/cloud infrastructure.
Particular use cases identified for the combined solution include critical Industry 4.0 capabilities such as push-to-talk ‘walkie talkie’ communications; automated guided vehicles (AGVs); always connected PCs for digital frontline workers; and machine vision (e.g. predictive maintenance and PPE detection).
Together, communications technology corporation Cisco and telecoms provider NTT have already begun coordination on several customer deployments, as well as planning to power computer vision for product quality analysis, predictive analytics for manufacturing equipment, and autonomous vehicles.
NTT launched its global private 5G network-as-a-service platform to customers in August 2021.
“Together with NTT, we aim to help our enterprise customers accelerate digital transformation, with the power of 5G and Wi-Fi across IT and OT operations,” said Masum Mir, senior vice-president and general manager, provider mobility at Cisco Networking.
“Our cloud-managed private 5G offers customers seamless integration with their Enterprise network fabric along with common policy and zero trust security architecture, helping to reduce technical, financial, and operational risks associated with managing 5G networks, so they can focus on driving business agility and efficiency.”
Shahid Ahmed, executive vice-president, new ventures & innovation at NTT, commented: “This is a natural expansion of the cutting-edge capabilities and services NTT brings to market to help our global clients modernise their businesses. NTT and Cisco are building on our mutual commitment to build a simple to manage pure private network solution.
“As a premier systems integrator partner to Cisco, the two companies are well positioned to deliver a secure, reliable and future-proof private 5G network for our joint enterprise customers with global footprints.”
Private 5G capabilities
Edge connectivity powered by private 5G has the capability of introducing new business use cases and outcomes for organisations across an array of sectors, able to accelerate production and service delivery.
The boosted connectivity with data sources that the technology provides can lend itself towards data networks and pipelines, as well as applications including robotics and industrial IoT.
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