AT&T, Nokia Boost Private Networks Enabled by CBRS

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AT&T added Nokia’s end-to-end industrial-grade capabilities to its AT&T Private Cellular Networks solutions. Now U.S. businesses can build private networks through AT&T using Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and Nokia infrastructure.

Private networks are increasingly important for businesses – especially in Industry 4.0 environments with a lot of connected devices, where privacy, data control and performance are all crucial. AT&T’s on-premises edge portfolio, which already includes 5G-capable AT&T Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), is expanding to offer these additional private cellular solutions with Nokia to meet so-called “Industry 4.0” needs. 

AT&T will offer Nokia Digital Automation Cloud and Modular Private Wireless platforms. According to the companies, this is a great solution for enterprise customers – including manufacturing, logistics, energy and education – that want to use CBRS LTE private wireless solutions as part of their networking strategy. It can support enterprises in building a more agile business that keeps pace with shifting demand, accelerates digital transformation, and unlocks new IoT opportunities with reliable and predictable connectivity for people, machines and sensors.

Grant Lenahan, Partner and Principal Analyst for Appledore Research, said: “There is reason to believe that ‘the fourth industrial revolution’ will remake industries and the economics of production. Considering that the majority of industrial site deployments will be based on private wireless, it’s prudent for communication service providers like AT&T to leverage Nokia’s proven private wireless solutions and vertical experience in the near future.”

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