5G private networks and their role in transforming defence and manufacturing industries

Sergio Budkin, Director of Business Products and Propositions at O2

At O2 we never stop looking for ways to transform how the UK does business. We are committed to helping our customers explore and deploy the technologies that will meet their evolving needs. It’s no secret that we believe there is huge potential for 5G technology and connectivity.

A critical way to make this potential a reality for some of our larger customers is through private networks. Private networks are not new, they are vital for many businesses that need secure connectivity to manage business-critical processes. Across the UK, private networks are already powering the connectivity infrastructure in industrial environments including manufacturing, logistics and transport hubs.

However, the potential impact of 5G Private Networks in industries and sectors is huge. To demonstrate transformative capability of 5G Private Networks, we’re excited to be partnering with Leonardo, one of Britain’s biggest technology and engineering firms and one of the principal suppliers of equipment to the UK Ministry of Defence.

With 5G technology, private networks deliver an enhanced secure connectivity, both in terms of the data transferred and device. It also enables a complete control of applications and traffic prioritisation. Businesses can also increase reliability by overcoming signal obstructions associated with other technologies, by sending data to its destination via alternative paths. Meanwhile, the low latency and high bandwidth nature of 5G increases the volume of data flow and speed of communication.

Working with Leonardo’s Innovation and Technology Incubator Centre, we are exploring how 5G Private Networks can have a positive impact in the defence sector. We will test technologies to allow the delivery of missions wirelessly and to speed up support and maintenance of aircrafts while maintaining front line military systems’ security standards.

We will also support Leonardo in adopting game-changing Industry 4.0 approaches for digital manufacturing and intelligent infrastructure. These techniques will be critical to delivering Tempest, the UK’s next-generation combat air system.

This partnership with Leonardo reflects our commitment to investing in technology to help businesses power Britain’s post-pandemic recovery. We see 5G connectivity as a critical part of rebuilding Britain and we cannot wait to bring these use cases to life.

If you’re interested in finding out more and working with O2, get in touch to see how we can help you trial or develop a 5G Private Network.

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