Telecoms company BT and Ericsson have struck a multi-million-pound partnership to offer private 5G networks to businesses across Britain, enabling them to deploy the Internet of Things (IoT) and other technologies quickly and securely.
Private 5G networks mirror public 5G, but wireless connectivity is limited to a group of devices in a dedicated space, such as a factory, a port, or a campus, where 5G’s security and ultra-low latency can be fully utilized in additional services.
The companies said the contract will enable BT to sell next-generation mobile network technology products to businesses and organizations in sectors such as manufacturing, defense, education, retail, healthcare, transport, and logistics.
BT announced earlier this month it was investing almost £100 million (€117.4 million) over the next three years in its “Division X” unit to accelerate the development of customer solutions that integrate technologies like 5G, IoT, edge computing, cloud, and AI.
BT and Ericsson have already worked together on several major projects incorporating private 5G networks, including Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland.
They have installed a 5G private network across 35 acres of operational port, which they say is helping to drive operational efficiencies and optimize processes across transport, logistics, supply chain, and shipping.