Here’s the mobile private network news ahead of MWC23

The week before MWC23, here's a round-up of who has announced what in private wireless.

Dell with Airspan, Expeto, and also with Athonet

Dell announced Private Wireless solutions that integrate its hardware along with chosen suppliers of RAN and core software. These are integrated solutions combining core and radio on Dell hardware, and mirror the integrated go-to-market approach that HPE took with private wireless.

One Dell solution is built along with Airspan and Expeto –a “fully integrated solution for medium and large enterprises.

Dell Private Wireless with Athonet helps small and medium businesses quickly deploy their choice of network architecture, radio vendor or spectrum band for an affordable, easy-to-use private wireless solution.

Expeto gets tight with Intel

Expeto also announced a tie up with Intel, building on its existing relationship it said that Expeto and Intel plan to work together on a multi-access edge computing architecture using Intel Smart Edge building blocks and deliver additional edge services to Expeto’s global customers.

Expeto’s Enterprise First is for medium to large enterprises that want a complete solution (i.e., cloud hosting of network workloads, mobile networks, remote edge computing devices and vertical application partnerships). Its NeXtworking platform is available as a PaaS-based service running end-to-end on Intel powered private and hyperscale clouds.

Expeto Intel private mobile network mwc23

Expeto and Intel said the collaboration has already demonstrated outcomes for electric utility and automotive OEM customers.

Expeto enterprise 4G/5G networks coupled with Intel Xeon processors and Smart Edge software enabled a smart grid in Oregon that integrated and dynamically allocated zero carbon electricity produced by distributed energy resources for an electric utility. The collaboration has also benefited a leading car manufacturer building software defined connected vehicles,

AWS integrates operator-led private networks

There was also an update from AWS on how it is integrating operator-led private wireless networks within AWS environments, across its Regions, Local Zones, Outposts and Snow Family – essentially its deployment environments listed from largest to smallest.

AWS said the solution has been developed in partnership with operators including Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, Orange, T-Mobile and Telefonica.

Using the Integrated Private Wireless on AWS portal, customers can explore private wireless offerings from participating telcos, browsing by industry or use case. From the portal, customers can contact the telco of choice, who will design, deliver, operate, and support the private wireless solution.

So telecom companies deliver, operate, and support the offerings. AWS technically validates the offerings for their architecture and adherence to its best practices.

For example Orange Business extends its Mobile Private Network portfolio by offering 5G SA Core Network software running on AWS for 5G control applications and the User Plane functions running on customer’s premises with AWS Outposts. KDDI offers a private network core with AWS Wavelength as the edge.

Depending on the use case, T-Mobile USA’s Advanced Network Solutions can offer T-Mobile’s 5G Public Network integrated with AWS Local Zones, Hybrid Mobile Network integrated with AWS Local Zones and also the Private Mobile Network integrated with AWS Outposts or AWS Snow Family.

Telefonica is offering a fully managed service that uses a hybrid model, with the radio sited on premise as a private Telefonica RAN, the core offered as Telefónica-hosted private core on premises with some control functions in the cloud, the industrial edge in AWS on premises infrastructure and applications integrated with Amazon VPC in AWS Availability Zones and AWS Local Zones.

Nokia and Bosch use private network for precision location

Nokia and Bosch said they have jointly developed 5G-based precision positioning technology intended for new Industry 4.0 use cases. The two have deployed the proof of concept in a Bosch production plant in Germany, where tests under “realistic manufacturing conditions” have shown an accuracy within 50 cm in 90 percent of the factory footprint.

The positioning technology tracks mobile and portable devices connected to the 5G network. As part of the test, an enhanced private 5G network was able to determine the precise position of assets such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), mobile robots and mobile control panels.

Nokia and Bosch are enhancing observed time differential triangulation techniques by equipping 5G nodes with multiple receive antennas, which enable the network to detect the incoming angles of signals. Nokia Bell Labs algorithms interpret time-delay and angle-of-arrival information to determine the most probable position of the mobile device.

Andreas Mueller, Chief Expert and responsible for the 6G activities at Bosch, said: “Knowing where things are is generally very valuable information in manufacturing. While today usually separate systems are used for connecting and locating devices, this may be done via an integrated private 5G solution in the future. The proof-of-concept conducted jointly with Nokia underpins the leading role of Bosch in exploring new opportunities for our customers and developing the Factory of the Future.”