The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) says it has catalogued 311 private networks globally.
The GSA said it has identified private networks in 40 countries or territories based on LTE or 5G, or licensed spectrum suitable for those technologies.
GSA’s data suggests that manufacturing is an early adopter of local area private mobile networks with 67 identified companies holding suitable licences or involved in known pilots or deployments of LANs or probable LANs – up from 51 at the start of 2021.
Mining and ports
Mining is second, with ports trialling and deploying local area private mobile networks. Within manufacturing, automotive is the leader in terms of private network investment and adoption, accounting for 27%.
The GSA report Private mobile networks – market status update (May 2021) includes data on the countries/territories with identified private network deployments (pilot and commercial), and on private mobile network deployments by type (LAN vs WAN), technology (LTE, 5G, LTE and 5G) and status (pilot or production deployment).
Joe Barrett, President of the GSA, said, “The private mobile networks market is home to a…range of service providers, including equipment/technology vendors, mobile network operators, systems integrators and the private network end-users, some of whom also take responsibility for installing or operating their own infrastructure.
“GSA has counted 38 equipment vendors that have been involved in the supply of equipment for private mobile networks based on LTE or 5G.
“In addition, we have identified 63 public network operators which between them are known to be involved with 106 projects.
"This broad ecosystem of vendors, operators and vertical markets is one that the GSA is continuing to track and report on for its Members and the wider industry.”
The free executive summary of the Private mobile networks – market status update (May 2021) report is available for download here: https://gsacom.com/paper/private-mobile-networks-executive-summary-may-2021/