Last year’s edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) was filled with hype about AT&T and 5G network. Pundits received 5G-enabled iPhones and were less than impressed with the speed boost. This year’s WWDC was devoid of 5G hype. My response to the hype was that a little faster speed for iPhones was the least of 5G benefits. Despite the hype from other areas, I believe that before long industry will be building out 5G without extra thought. Sort of like 15 years ago when we suddenly went from talking about the potential of Ethernet in manufacturing to simply accepting it as the best solution for many networking applications.
This news from Betacom shows how we’ll slowly build out the tech until suddenly it’s everywhere.
Wireless pioneer Betacom, longtime design and deployment partner for the world’s leading telecommunication companies including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, has introduced the industry’s first fully managed private 5G network service. US enterprises now have access to cost-effective, high-performance 5G networks designed, deployed, and managed by one of the most trusted names in wireless networking.
Network design, deployment, and management for the new service — which provides similar cost to and higher reliability, performance, and security than Wi-Fi — is conducted by Betacom through its world-class Network Operations Center (NOC), hosted on Microsoft Azure. BEnterprise customers own their networks and maintain local control of their data.
Private 5G Services Accelerating
In recent months, private 5G networks have become increasingly prevalent, especially with the advent of new shared-spectrum connectivity options that expand enterprise access to wireless networks. In fact, industry experts agree that private 5G networks offer a more secure and higher performance environment than other networking options such as Wi-Fi or even Wi-Fi 6.
A recent survey from TECHnalysis Research shows that 53% of US enterprises are planning to add private wireless networks — more than will be expanding Wi-Fi or upgrading to Wi-Fi 6. As Bob O’Donnell, president & chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research said, “Clearly, the buzz around 5G has created enough excitement and interest for the technology that IT managers and other tech leaders at companies of all sizes are eager to leverage it. Generally speaking, 5G and cellular networks in general are seen as having better security than unlicensed networks and, in some cases, lower latency, which can be critical for things like manufacturing environments.”
Long History of Wireless Innovation
Unlike others in the emerging Private 5G market, Betacom has a long and successful history of wireless deployments in mid-to-large enterprises leveraging carrier-class equipment and expertise to meet users’ most pressing connectivity needs. Having completed more than 800 design and deployment projects, Betacom inspires confidence among those who have worked closely with the company in the past.
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of planning, testing and collaboration with our telecommunications partners and their customers, all of whom clearly see mutual benefits in the addition of the first fully-managed Private 5G network service to the growing number of stand-alone offerings in the market today,” said Johan Bjorklund, CEO of Betacom. “Our long experience in this market, our unmatched national presence and the technological advancements represented by our cloud native NOC that delivers full services and security all give us and our customers significant advantages in realizing the promise of 5G, owned by them and operated by us. We look forward to leading the way in this exciting new space.”
Betacom offers the first fully managed private 5G network, building on its long history as the primary outdoor and indoor DAS vendor to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., the company has offices in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Mobile, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Its private 5G wireless service is the first managed service of its kind in the United States.