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Google to Start Selling Private 5G

by Alan Daniel

Google Inc., recently took the wrap off its official private 5G network service.

In a move to initiate direct rivalry with other key players in the industry like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Ericsson, and Verizon, the tech giant revealed its plans to sell the 5G service directly to its enterprise customers.

This is quite a compelling move for the technology giant and it makes us wonder where Google thinks that it has an edge.  Google is aiming to compete by bringing various investments in infrastructure technology to the forefront. As it continues to improve its cloud offering, it sees opportunity in entering the private 5G sector.

Google confirmed that it was going to enter into a partnership with Kajeet, a renowned world-class provider of managed IoT connectivity and private wireless, to deploy its 5G platform with the assistance of Google Distributed Cloud Edge.

 

Google and The Transformation of the Future of Education

The partnership seeks to foresee the transformation of future education by:

Creating innovative schools– Google Cloud, in collaboration with the Kajeet Private 5G Platform, seeks to enhance classroom operations and foster a next-gen immersive learning experience for learners and teachers.


Connecting the unconnected communities and student populations with a high-quality 5G wireless network as it seeks to close the current digital divide once and for all.

Empowering learning everywhere by combining Google’s Classroom EDU and Chromebook with Kajeet’s private and public networks.1

Apart from Kajeet, Google also announced its intention to partner with a handful of other stakeholders in the sector to roll out its new private networking portfolio that includes Celona, Boingo, Crown Castle, and Betacom. In essence, each stakeholder is meant to bring a specific perspective to the tech giant’s novel effort.

While Kajeet is meant to transform the future of education, Betacom was included in the partnership for its nature as a startup that majors in touting “as a service” business model for private 5G networks.

Conversely, Crown Castle and Boingo were considered for their ability to offer extensive engineering resources that will help in the deployment of widespread cellular networks both indoors and outdoors. On the other hand, Celona is a startup that provides a wide range of self-branded access points and cells that may be installed indoors and outdoors by its enterprise customers.

Google Invests To Provide an Alternative Service

Google considers this new service as an alternative to the corporate Wi-Fi networks that the tech giant revealed might not meet its enterprise customers’ needs for coverage, reliability, and security.

For instance, manufacturers could take advantage of the service to deploy private networks across their factory sites, foster automation, bridge operations and IoT devices with extensive baseline connectivity and the existing support for next-gen functionalities such as computer vision analytics quality control and predictive maintenance.

In a report, Google revealed that its Private 5G network would build an avenue for clients to start using this novel service to initiate cost reductions, enhance occupant safety, and deliver new visitor and occupant experiences.

Enterprises in the United States can use the unlicensed 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band in their private networking operations under the new 5G network. This is a noteworthy endeavor since the tech giant has been offering spectrum-management services for long targeting that band.

It is clear that the private wireless networking space will attract many players. However, it is clear that the market is up for grabs in these early days. As such, every stakeholder is hoping to snatch a sizeable piece out of the pie.

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