Betacom recently talked with me about its new Private 5G Ecosystem. To me the term ecosystem implies a (usually) proprietary software platform where a company hopes to recruit a critical mass of companies to commit. This ecosystem looks more like what I’ve been taught to be more resilient and perhaps useful—loosely coupled. And certainly private 5G networks are finally coming to fruition after a long gestation.
Betacom and its partners, including Google Cloud, Intel, Ingram Micro Inc. and Qualcomm Technologies, are collaborating to design, validate and deploy solutions for a variety of enterprise applications – setting the stage for the next phase of economic and business evolution driven by connectivity, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and real-time data. (I apologize for allowing almost every buzz word into the article.)
The partner initiative will help to expedite solutions through open collaboration aimed at building an ecosystem of pre-tested Industrial IoT devices and applications, integrated with mobile edge compute, supported by established system integrators and powered by private 5G.
The ecosystem currently includes 15 companies from across the technology spectrum – each with unique domain and industry expertise. Charter members include:
- Industrial IoT Devices:, Axis Communications, Ingram Micro Inc., Qualcomm Technologies, SVT Robotics, and Vecna Robotics
- Applications: ADB SAFEGATE Americas, Evolon, Ingram Micro Inc., and Solis Energy
- Mobile Edge Compute: Google Cloud, Ingram Micro Inc., and Intel
- System Integrators: CDW, Ingram Micro Inc., and QuayChain 5GaaS Technology: Airspan, Druid Software, FibroLAN, and Qualcomm Technologies