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5G in Industry 4.0

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- Overview

5G is a key part of Industry 4.0, which is the fourth industrial revolution. 5G's high speeds and low latency are essential for data-intensive machine applications like manufacturing.

5G's features include:

  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB): Fast data transfer with low latency, up to 20 Gbps and 1 millisecond latency
  • Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC): Low latency and high reliability
  • Massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC): Low power and low bandwidth
  • High-speed data transmission: With short response times, 5G enables secure, reliable data transmission


5G can power many aspects of Industry 4.0, including:

  • Video monitoring
  • Fixed wireless access
  • Immersive experiences
  • Smart stadiums
  • Toe-health
  • Machine remote control
  • Cloud robotics
  • Process automation
  • Assisted/autonomous vehicles


5G networks also support modern technologies like: Artificial intelligence, Automation, Augmented reality, IoT. 

5G accelerates the Internet of Things and gives an extra boost to the fourth industrial revolution. Control units and sensors that are installed in facilities and machines as well as along logistics chains benefit from this fast and reliable real-time data transfer.


- Private 5G Networks in Industry 4.0

A private 5G network is a cellular network that uses 5G technology to provide wireless connectivity in a specific area. Private 5G networks are nonpublic mobile networks that can use licensed, unlicensed, or shared spectrum.

Private 5G networks are similar to public 5G networks, but they allow the owner to provide restricted access. They are less likely to have latency issues because they are solely operated for customized applications. 

Private 5G networks are used by private businesses, third-party providers, and municipalities. They can be used in areas such as factories, campuses, or office buildings. 

Private 5G networks can help Industry 4.0 in several ways: 

  • High-speed connectivity: Private 5G networks can provide high-speed connectivity and low latencies, which can help businesses monitor and control their machines, production lines, and equipment in real-time.
  • Dedicated bandwidth: Private 5G networks can provide dedicated bandwidth for low-latency use cases, such as industrial IoT and robotics.
  • Wireless flexibility: 5G cellular technology can provide the wireless flexibility that Industry 4.0 networks require.
  • Data analytics: A 5G-powered private network can allow data analytics to happen at the edge of the estate.
  • Secure connectivity: Private 5G networks can offer customized, wireless, secure, and reliable capabilities for devices and services.
  • Tailored networks: Private 5G networks can be tailored for specific business and industry requirements.

Private 5G networks can enable new use cases and applications such as: 

  • Real-time command and control
  • Analytics
  • Mass-scale IoT
  • Machine intelligence


Some use cases for private 5G networks include: 

  • Retail, wholesale, and distribution
  • Industrial products and construction
  • Banking and capital markets
  • Civil government
  • Health care
  • Technology, media, and telecommunications

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