Telstra rolls out the industry’s first Ericsson Private 5G for businesses

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The first-ever deployment of Ericsson Private 5G, a dedicated on-premises 5G network for businesses using a single-server 5G dual-mode core, has been announced by Telstra and Ericsson.

The beneficiary of this new technology will be AgriFood Connect, a customer of Telstra Enterprise, an Australian non-profit organization created to accelerate the adoption of technology and innovation in the agricultural and manufacturing industries.

Ericsson describes its Private 5G as a private wireless connectivity platform that facilitates advanced operations through automation, flexibility and intelligent connectivity. It uses a dedicated single-server 5G network based on a dual-mode core. Ericsson Private 5G simultaneously facilitates LTE and 5G Standalone (SA).

The company says the 5G SA capability, combined with Telstra’s advanced networking capabilities, provides an industrial wireless connectivity platform for businesses that can deliver low latency, improved resiliency and the ability to meet the demanding operational requirements of the company.

“With this new product, Telstra and AgriFood Connect have successfully deployed industrial IoT capabilities over standalone 5G that can support a variety of business requirements such as asset condition monitoring and data collection from machines,” says Ericsson Australia and New Zealand manager Emilio Roméo

“These types of features will enable features like predictive maintenance alerts that will lead to cost savings against unplanned downtime and repairs.”

Telstra believes the first global deployment partnership represents a critical step towards automation and control through intelligent 5G connectivity.

Iskra Nikolova, Head of Network and Infrastructure at Telstra, says: “Combining a dedicated network in partnership with Telstra’s existing network capabilities can facilitate the implementation of a variety of new and emerging technologies. challenges in the Australia region, with relatively limited linking capacity, will benefit significantly from this technology.

He says, as an example, “A remote agriculture or manufacturing company could adopt the latest advancements in video analytics and IoT connectivity, almost anywhere, with the data processed onsite.”

The new private 5G platform will enable emerging industrial use cases in several verticals such as autonomous mobile robots (AMR), AI, automation, drone technology, augmented reality and virtual reality, and many other 5G use cases available through Ericsson’s Industry 4.0 partner ecosystem.

Thomas Hall, Acting CEO of AgriFood Connects, said: “Australia’s agriculture and advanced manufacturing industries will play a central role in Australia’s economic growth. We focus on supporting companies to define their challenges within the agrifood value chain. Working with our ecosystem partners, we identify the right solutions for businesses in areas such as digital transformation and operational improvement.”

He says the use of advanced technologies such as the dedicated 5G network will help demonstrate the latest technological innovations.

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