The Port of Southampton is one of Associated British Ports' (ABP) busiest, handling £40 billion in exports annually.
Verizon Buisness and Nokia are to deliver a private 5G platform will provide one of the UK’s main ports at Southampton on the south coast of England.
ABP operates a network of 21 ports: the Port of Southampton provides a critical link in supply chains serving businesses and manufacturers throughout the UK.
It is also the UK’s number one port for cars and cruise, handling approximately 900,000 cars and welcoming millions of cruise passengers annually.
The Verizon private 5G platform will provide ABP with private wireless data network across selected areas within the East and West Docks of the Port. This should enable data communications to be consolidated onto a single network, reducing instrastructure complexity, as well as helping to improve the reliability and security of terminal communications.
Henrik L. Pedersen, ABP Chief Executive Officer, said: “Building flexible and resilient technology platforms to meet our customers’ needs is a key element of our strategy, and becoming the first mainland port operator in the UK to offer a private 5G network to our customers is a fantastic milestone for ABP.
“We would like to thank our partners for enabling this project, which will equip our Port in Southampton with the state-of-the-art infrastructure needed to be at the forefront of the digital revolution in the maritime industry.”
Verizon Business announced the launch of its international private 5G platform for global enterprises located in Europe and Asia-Pacific in October 2020.
The port of Felixstowe in the East of England is undergoing a 5G trial as part of a government supported initiative.