Telstra and Ericsson have announced an “industrial grade” on-premises 4G/5G cellular system for organizations to use to deploy their own local, private 4G/5G cellular networks, such as in campuses, manufacturing plants, mines, harbors and airports, utility plants, and agricultural regions. The platform is a combination of hardware and software, but it is not related to SD-WAN. Today, organisations often use a combination of wired Ethernet and wireless Wi-Fi networks, which could be replaced by a singular cellular network.
Huawei announced similar private cellular networks several years ago, said independent telecom analyst Paul Budde, but Huawei did not respond to Computerworld Australia about whether those offerings are available in Australia. In 2019, the Australian government banned Huawei equipment from use in carriers’ 5G networks due to spying concerns. Budde also expects Nokia and Samsung, both major telecom suppliers, to offer similar private 5G networking systems.