Speeding Ahead With Private 5G Networks

By Dori Erann 10 min read

As we sprint into the digital age, the demand for connectivity has never been greater. From IoT solutions for smart cities to AI used by utilities to autonomous vehicles and remote work, we are collectively more reliant on seamless and reliable internet connectivity to communicate effectively.

As these digital interactions and relays become more ubiquitous, the backbone of our interconnected world is being reshaped by the advent of private LTE and 5G technology. For many enterprises, the narrative of private networks has transitioned from 'nice-to-have' to 'critical infrastructure.'  

But what exactly are private LTE & 5G networks, and what benefits do they offer that are compelling organizations to make the transition away from using traditional public mobile operator networks? 


Let’s take a warmup lap before we get too far ahead of ourselves. So, what are PLTE and Private 5G networks? 

LTE and 5G private networks are dedicated, localized systems that provide wireless connectivity over the LTE and 5G standards, respectively. Contrary to public networks that are operated by commercial mobile operators, a private network gives organizations complete control – from start to finish – over their end-to-end wireless operations. Today, there are approximately 2,200 private 4G LTE networks globally, and according to Berg Insights’ Private LTE/5G Networks for IoT Applications report, private LTE/5G networks will grow to 11,900 by 2028, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33 percent. 

These private networks use exclusive spectrum allocated by regulatory authorities – for example, the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the U.S. or the 3.4-3.8 GHz spectrum band in Europe – and can run on-premises, either independently or to augment public network services. Private networks offer lower latency, higher capacity, increased coverage, and better security than typical Wi-Fi networks, making them highly attractive for organizations with specific, critical connectivity needs. 


With the shift towards private networks gathering pace, let’s address what’s in it for businesses that are increasingly opting for these solutions instead of facing the common hurdles associated with traditional ones. Privacy, security, and predictability are the key drivers. 

  • Complete Control Over Your Network

Private networks empower organizations to have complete control over network management, operations, and maintenance, allowing for customization and optimization over the long run that meets specific market or operational needs. 

  • Enhanced Data Security & Privacy 

As data breaches become more common, private networks offer a more isolated environment for the handoff of sensitive data. Organizations can implement vigorous security protocols tailored to their unique requirements, ensuring a level of protection that public networks typically cannot match. 

  • Predictable Performance & Quality of Service (QoS) 

High reliability under heavy usage, predictable low latency, and the ability to segment the network to prioritize certain types of traffic — known as 'network slicing' — are features that give private networks an edge, especially in critical operational environments. 


The appeal of private networks extends across an assortment of industries. From optimizing & automating utility power distribution management to elevating emergency response, the applications are incredibly diverse. 

  • Utilities: Power to Control 

Imagine a utility able to monitor their power distribution management, wireless SCADA, or smart grid IoT devices in real time, detecting and resolving faults autonomously. With private LTE and 5G, this isn't just a possibility; it's a reality that's transforming how power is generated, distributed, monitored, and managed. 

  • Smart Cities & Municipalities: Helping the Community & Your Bottom Line

Smart city solutions such as smart city transportation or smart city lighting, for example, improve the quality of citizens’ lives and, therefore, public opinion. Running your smart city applications and connectivity over a private LTE/5G network can significantly boost your ability to tackle community challenges and save on overall operating costs…all in a human-centric manner. 

  • Energy/Oil & Gas: Fueling Efficiency 

For oil and gas companies operating in remote or hazardous environments such as oilfields, a reliable and robust communications infrastructure is not just a convenience; it's a necessity. Private networks can support ultracritical operations, pipeline communications, and even the Internet of Things (IoT) data transfer functionality. 

  • Public Safety: A Lifeline in Emergencies 

Swift communication is the lifeline in public safety operations. A private LTE or 5G public safety network enables real-time, high-speed data sharing, video streaming, and location services that are vital for emergency response and the protection of public assets. (watch video)

  • ISPs: The Next Frontier for Coverage 

Internet Service Providers are extending FTTH FTTX (fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-X) networks, expanding their offerings by deploying private wireless networks to deliver high-speed, high-availability internet access in remote, underserved areas, creating new revenue streams and bridging the digital divide. 


Private networks aren't just about cutting-edge connectivity; they promise many advantages that can significantly boost an organization's performance and bottom line. 

  • Increased Efficiency & Productivity 

Private 5G networks can enhance automation, reduce downtime, and streamline processes by providing reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity that enables massive amounts of data, machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, and IoT communications, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity. 

  • Lower Total Cost of Ownership 

While the upfront cost of a private network might seem like a steep hill to climb, the reduced operating expenses over time, alongside the elimination of public network subscription fees, can result in a notable decrease in the total cost of ownership. According to the report, State of the Private 5G Market, to demonstrate cost benefits, “many enterprises are taking an incremental approach – deploying 4G first to show tangible benefits, with the option to upgrade to 5G later.” We agree – the “start small and grow as you go” approach is a solid one for proving out ROI. 

  • Future-Proofing Your Connectivity 

Investing in a private network infrastructure sets the stage for future 5G standards compatibility, ensuring that organizations are not only meeting today's needs but are also prepared for the next leap in mobile technology. 


At Ceragon, we offer a full suite of end-to-end solutions that can turn your private network vision into a reality. From the early planning stages to network rollout, operations, managed services, and NOC solutions, we are ready to assist wherever you might need help. Ceragon is committed to delivering the gold medal standard of wireless connectivity to every corner of your enterprise. 

  • Cost-Effective & Scalable Solutions 

Ceragon’s solutions are designed to be cost-effective and scalable, integrating seamlessly with your existing infrastructure while being flexible enough to grow with your business needs. 

  • Support at Every Step 

Ceragon’s expertise isn't just based in technology; it extends to consultancy, deployment, and ongoing support, ensuring that your private LTE or 5G network is continuously operational and optimized for peak performance. 

  • Unify Disparate Networks 

Seamlessly unify disparate networks by implementing a private network – a single, robust, secure communications infrastructure – that will integrate different systems and devices for more efficient organizational connectivity. 


The march towards private LTE and 5G networks is not just about embracing new technology; it's about equipping enterprises with the tools they need to take first place in the digital age. The benefits of these networks are substantial, and the versatility they offer has the potential to revolutionize entire industries, from enhancing operational efficiency to enabling new services and business models. 

The road to adopting private networks may have its share of challenges, but the finish line promises a competitive edge and a future-proof infrastructure that aligns with the ever-evolving needs of a connected and data-driven world. 


Are you ready to take the leap into the realm of private LTE and 5G networks? Connect with us for a consultation and discover how the power of a private network can transform your enterprise. As you consider this pivotal move, remember that the future of connectivity is not just a destination; it's a strategic path that leads to unparalleled growth and innovation. Take the leap today and redefine what's possible. 

Contact us today, and let’s talk!


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