Private LTE & 5G Network Global Ecosystem 2023-2030: Growing Demand for High-Bandwidth & Low-Latency Wireless Applications

Dublin, July 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The The Private LTE & 5G Network Ecosystem: 2023-2030 report from SNS Telecom & IT has been added to's offering.

This 2,500+ page report is the industry's most comprehensive publication on private LTE/5G networks (also referred to as "private cellular networks" or "mobile private networks"). In addition to detailed market analysis and forecasts, it features a database of over 6,000 global private LTE/5G engagements across the globe - as of Q2'2023.

This research report indicates that globals pending on private LTE and 5G network infrastructure for vertical industries - which includes RAN (Radio Access Network), mobile core and transport network equipment - will account for more than $6.4 billion by the end of 2026.

Historically a niche segment of the wider cellular communications industry, private cellular networks - also referred to as NPNs (Non-Public Networks) in 3GPP terminology - have rapidly gained popularity in recent years due to privacy, security, reliability and performance advantages over public mobile networks and competing wireless technologies as well as their potential to replace hardwired connections with non-obstructive wireless links. With the 3GPP-led standardization of features such as MCX (Mission-Critical PTT, Video & Data), URLLC (Ultra-Reliable, Low-Latency Communications), TSC (Time-Sensitive Communications), SNPNs (Standalone NPNs), PNI-NPNs (Public Network-Integrated NPNs) and network slicing, private networks based on LTE and 5G technologies have gained recognition as an all-inclusive connectivity platform for critical communications, Industry 4.0 and enterprise transformation-related applications. Traditionally, these sectors have been dominated by LMR (Land Mobile Radio), Wi-Fi, industrial Ethernet, fiber and other disparate networks.

The liberalization of spectrum is another factor that is accelerating the adoption of private LTE and 5G networks. National regulators across the globe have released or are in the process of granting access to shared and local area licensed spectrum. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • the three-tiered CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum sharing scheme in the United States,
  • Canada's planned NCL (Non-Competitive Local) licensing framework,
  • United Kingdom's shared and local access licensing model,
  • Germany's 3.7-3.8 GHz and 28 GHz licenses for 5G campus networks,
  • France's vertical spectrum and sub-letting arrangements,
  • Netherlands' geographically restricted mid-band spectrum assignments,
  • Finland's 2.3 GHz and26 GHz licenses for local 4G/5G networks,
  • Sweden's 3.7 GHz and 26 GHz permits,
  • Norway's regulation of local networks in the 3.8-4.2 GHz band,
  • Poland's spectrum assignment for local government units and enterprises,
  • Bahrain's private 5G network licenses,
  • Japan's 4.6-4.9 GHz and 28 GHz local 5G network licenses,
  • South Korea's e-Um 5G allocations in the 4.7 GHz and 28 GHz bands,
  • Taiwan's provision of 4.8-4.9 GHz spectrum for private 5G networks,
  • Hong Kong's LWBS (Localized Wireless Broadband System) licenses, Australia's apparatus licensing approach,
  • India's CNPN (Captive Non-Public Network) leasing framework, and
  • Brazil's SLP (Private Limited Service) licenses.

Even China - where mobile operators have been at the forefront of initial private 5G installations - has started allocating private 5G spectrum licenses directly to end user organizations. Vast swaths of globally and regionally harmonized license-exempt spectrum are also available worldwide that can be used for the operation of unlicensed LTE and 5G NR-U equipment for private networks. In addition, dedicated national spectrum in sub-1 GHz and higher frequencies has been allocated for specific critical communications-related applications in many countries.

LTE and 5G-based private cellular networks come in many different shapes and sizes, including isolated end-to-end NPNs in industrial and enterprise settings, local RAN equipment for targeted cellular coverage, dedicated on-premise core network functions, virtual slice private networks, secure MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) platforms for critical communications, and wide area networks for application scenarios such as PPDR (Public Protection & Disaster Relief) broadband, smart utility grids, railway communications and A2G (Air-to-Ground) connectivity. However, it is important to note that equipment suppliers, system integrators, private network specialists, mobile operators and other ecosystem players have slightly different perceptions as to what exactly constitutes a private cellular network.

While there is near-universal consensus that private LTE and 5G networks refer to purpose-built cellular communications systems intended for the exclusive use of vertical industries and enterprises, some industry participants extend this definition to also include other market segments - for example, 3GPP-based community and residential broadband networks deployed by non-traditional service providers. Another closely related segment is multi-operator or shared neutral host infrastructure, which may be employed to support NPN services in specific scenarios.

Despite the somewhat differing views on market definition, one thing is clear - private LTE and 5G networks are continuing their upward trajectory with deployments targeting a multitude of use cases across various industries, ranging from localized wireless systems for dedicated connectivity in factories, warehouses, mines, power plants, substations, offshore wind farms, oil and gas facilities, construction sites, maritime ports, airports, hospitals, office buildings and university campuses to regional and nationwide sub-1 GHz private wireless broadband networks for utilities, FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication System)-ready networks for train-to-ground communications, and hybrid government-commercial public safety LTE networks, as well as rapidly deployable systems such as the German Armed Forces' ZNV (Deployable Cellular Networks) solution, Hsinchu City Fire Department's satellite-backhauled portable 5G network for emergency communications and BBC's (British Broadcasting Corporation) temporary private 5G network used during King Charles' coronation. Custom-built cellular networks have also been implemented in locations as remote as Antarctica and there are even plans for installations on the moon's surface and outer space.

The report estimates that global spending on private LTE and 5G network infrastructure for vertical industries will grow at a CAGR of approximately 18% between 2023 and 2026, eventually accounting for more than $6.4 billion by the end of 2026. As much as 40% of these investments - nearly $2.8 billion - will be directed towards the build-out of standalone private 5G networks that will become the predominant wireless communications medium to support the ongoing Industry 4.0 revolution for the digitization and automation of manufacturing and process industries. This unprecedented level of growth is likely to transform private LTE and 5G networks into an almost parallel equipment ecosystem to public mobile operator infrastructure in terms of market size by the late 2020s.

The report presents an in-depth assessment of the private LTE and 5G network ecosystem, including the value chain, market drivers, barriers to uptake, enabling technologies, operational and business models, vertical industries, application scenarios, key trends, future roadmap, standardization, spectrum availability and allocation, regulatory landscape, case studies, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents global and regional market size forecasts from 2023 till 2030. The forecasts cover three infrastructure submarkets, two technology generations, four spectrum licensing models, 15 vertical industries and five regional markets.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report, as well as a database of over 6,000 global private LTE/5G engagements - as of Q2'2023

Market Drivers

  • Growing Demand for High-Bandwidth & Low-Latency Wireless Applications
  • Endorsement From the Critical Communications & Industry 4.0 Sectors
  • Limited Public Cellular Coverage in Indoor, Industrial & Remote Environments
  • Availability of Suitable Spectrum Options for Private Use
  • Guaranteed Connectivity & QoS (Quality-of-Service) Control
  • Greater Levels of Network Security & Data Privacy
  • Operators' & Vendors' Desire for New Revenue Sources
  • Government-Funded 5G Innovation Initiatives

Market Barriers

  • Cost & ROI (Return-On-Investment) Justification
  • Technical Complexities of Network Deployment & Operation
  • Integration With Existing Infrastructure & Applications
  • Limited Scale Effects Due to Lack of Spectrum Harmonization
  • Competition From Non-3GPP Technologies & Solutions
  • LTE/5G Terminal Equipment-Related Challenges
  • Skills Gap & Shortage of Proficient Engineers
  • Conservatism & Slow Pace of Change

Report Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: An Overview of Private LTE & 5G Networks
Chapter 3: Private LTE/5G System Architecture & Technologies
Chapter 4: Key Vertical Industries & Applications
Chapter 5: Spectrum Availability, Allocation & Usage
Chapter 6: Standardization, Regulatory & Collaborative Initiatives
Chapter 7: Review of Private LTE/5G Installations Worldwide
Chapter 8: Private LTE/5G Case Studies
Chapter 9: Key Ecosystem Players
Chapter 10: Market Sizing & Forecasts
Chapter 11: Conclusion & Strategic Recommendations

Companies Mentioned

  • 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project)
  • 450 MHz Alliance
  • 450connect
  • 4K Solutions
  • 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership)
  • 5GAA (5G Automotive Association)
  • 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation)
  • 5G-IA (5G Infrastructure Association)
  • 7Layers
  • A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • Aaeon Technology
  • AAR (American Association of Railroad)
  • ABB
  • Abu Dhabi Police
  • Accelleran
  • Accenture
  • ACCF (Australasian Critical Communications Forum)
  • Accton Technology Corporation
  • Accuver
  • Ace Technologies Corporation
  • AceAxis
  • ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority)
  • Adax
  • Addis Ababa Light Rail
  • ADF (Australian Defence Force)
  • ADLINK Technology
  • ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)
  • ADR (Aeroporti di Roma)
  • ADRF (Advanced RF Technologies)
  • ADVA Optical Networking
  • Advantech
  • Advantech Wireless
  • Aegex Technologies
  • AEP Renewables
  • AeroMobile Communications
  • AeroVironment
  • Affarii Technologies
  • Affirmed Networks
  • Agnico Eagle
  • AGURRE (Association of Major Users of Operational Radio Networks, France)
  • Air France
  • Airbus
  • and many, many more!

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