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Private 5G for Mission-Critical Networks: Technology and Migration


Paul Greenlaw  (Principal Solutions Architect, Commdex)


Chuck Bethea  (Executive Vice President, Commdex)

Steve Vogelsang  (CTO, Nokia Federal Division)

Derek Peterson  (CTO, Boingo Wireless)

Vance Raeside  (Specialized Sales - Security / Managed Services, Lumen Technologies Federal)

Location: W230A

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

Track: State & Local Government, First Responder Communications

Topic: AI, Broadband, Critical Infrastructure, Drones, IoT, Private Networks, System Resiliency, Video

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

This panel examines the current technology used for mission-critical networks and highlights its current limitations in their ability to support evolving requirements. It delves into how private 5G still offers the coverage, security and reliability that has always characterized these systems, while having the potential to exploit advanced use cases that bring operational performance and human integration with an ecosystem powered by Internet of Things, sensors, drones, cameras, and artificial intelligence, creating more robust and feature rich mission-critical networks. It delves into the potential approaches for convergence with a private 5G-based mission-critical system and presents options for interoperability and coexistence with legacy mission-critical LMR systems.

The session puts context to key 5G technology aspects such as service differentiation, ultra-low-latency, seamless mobility, edge computing, network slicing, and advanced security, in terms of useful mission-critical use cases. It also puts into perspective the challenges that must be addressed when planning and executing a migration from legacy-based LMR systems to private 5G and presents strategies for a successful implementation.

The movement towards private 5G networks invites us to envision a future where vital operations are not constrained by past limitations. This technological shift offers a persuasive story of scalability and adaptability, where networks seamlessly adjust to the dynamic needs of modern businesses. The concept of private 5G networks allows us to create tailored solutions using network slicing, crafting environments finely tuned to each critical application's core. Private 5G also serves as a strong defense against the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape. The robust defenses established by this technology stand as evidence of its dedication to ensuring the integrity of data, the confidentiality of users, and the invulnerability of network structure.

Key takeaways:
  • Learn how private 5G paves the way to an array of possibilities through its integration with edge computing and artificial intelligence, enabling reduced delays, and nurturing an environment where time-sensitive data is processed swiftly, and insights emerge almost instantaneously, enabling rapid informed decisions.
  • Discover why Legacy LMR will be needed for some years to come, but why convergence is important for evolving use cases.
  • Understand different approaches for coexistence between legacy-based LMR and mission-critical private 5G-based systems.
  • Learn why adopting private 5G signifies more than an action; it signifies a declaration for a future where reliability, adaptability, and security converge to establish the cornerstone of crucial operations. It's a commitment to elevate our networks to unprecedented heights, supporting a network of connectivity with the potential to reshape industries, enhance lives, and forge a resilient future. The canvas of private 5G networks calls out, and we hold the brush – together, let's paint the strokes of this interconnected tomorrow.