Cisco, NTT to deploy private 5G networks for Industry 4.0 capabilities

Cisco, NTT to deploy private 5G networks for Industry 4.0 capabilities

Cisco is working with NTT, a provider of IT infrastructure and services, to develop a private 5G network that serves enterprise customers in various sectors such as automotive, logistics, healthcare, retail and the public sector. The companies say that by combining NTT’s managed private 5G solution and Intel hardware, businesses can integrate this private 5G network into their existing infrastructure.

According to Cisco, these two companies can quickly activate significant Industry 4.0 abilities like push-to-talk “walkie-talkies,” automated guided vehicles (AGVs), always-on PCs for digital frontline workers and machine vision.

The two companies have additionally declared their collaboration on providing advanced solutions for computer vision applications, predictive maintenance of manufacturing equipment and autonomous vehicles for moving products across factory facilities. All of these solutions will use NTT’s IoT-connected solutions.

“Together with NTT, we aim to help our enterprise customers accelerate digital transformation, with the power of 5G and Wi-Fi across IT and OT operations,” says Masum Mir, senior vice president and general manager of Provider Mobility at Cisco Networking.

NTT private 5G network is a comprehensive solution that combines speed, control and security with better coverage. This industrial-grade private cellular network works on a consumption model based on a flexible operating expense subscription service. For global connectivity, the company provides SIMs that can be configured to operate on the private 5G network and operator public networks.

“As a premier systems integrator partner to Cisco, the two companies are well positioned to deliver a secure, reliable and future-proof private 5G network for our joint enterprise customers with global footprints,” says Shahid Ahmed, the executive vice president of New Ventures & Innovation at NTT.

Last year, NTT launched an Edge-as-a-Service product portfolio for industrial automation, allowing enterprises to deploy, manage and monitor edge applications.

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