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Betacom, UScellular deploy first private/public hybrid 5G networks

Private wireless network provider Betacom announced a partnership with wireless carrier UScellular to deliver the industry’s first private/public hybrid 5G networks. The companies believe the partnership will advance Industry 4.0 initiatives across the U.S. The service provides security and control over business data, both on-premises and while roaming among company facilities.

The private/public hybrid 5G network service allows organizations with multiple sites across numerous locations to maintain connectivity between locations. Businesses looking to modernize their operations across various locations now have a cohesive mobility strategy with trusted partners for Industry 4.0. Uptime and performance are assured for improved operational efficiency and productivity with Betacom-backed Service Level Agreements (SLAs), the companies said.

“This relationship with Betacom helps to establish a new bar for how the entire wireless industry thinks about, builds, delivers and utilizes wireless networks,” said Kim Kerr, senior vice president, enterprise sales and operations for UScellular. “These new capabilities significantly accelerate the return on investment for digital transformation and modernization initiatives for organizations of all types, from enterprise to retail to government, and move the industry as a whole forward, faster.”

Meanwhile, UScellular’s wireless network and access agreements provide customers with connectivity across the U.S. The carrier also provides data backhaul between sites. Permitting devices to use one SIM with profiles for both Betacom private CBRS networks and the UScellular network ensures mobility, while integrated communication and coordination between the two companies’ 5G network cores enable seamless roaming across the country.

“Betacom and UScellular are breaking new ground for their customers and setting new precedents for the industry,” said Joe Madden, founder and president, Mobile Experts Inc. “Enabling device mobility from facility to facility with a transition from CBRS to cellular in both directions has never been solved. This makes private/public hybrid 5G networks extremely valuable for a wide range of industries.”

Private/public hybrid 5G network offers enhanced security

The Betacom-UScellular solution establishes and maintains end-to-end security. It uses virtual private networks (VPNs) to ensure that all data effectively remains on the customer premises while devices and sensors are in transit between locations. Additionally, it provides resiliency by using the cellular network for failover in cases where the CBRS network or local internet service providers (ISPs) suffer an outage. The new network architecture used for this service facilitates mission-critical Command, Control, Communication, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) services and solutions which require the highest degrees of data and device security.

Creating a private network through the carrier network decreases dependency on public clouds and minimizes vulnerabilities and attacks, the companies said.

“The service we are announcing today recognizes that the wireless world is changing, and that connectivity, in all of its forms, must change with it,” said Betacom CEO Johan Bjorklund. “Organizations today need seamless mobility with incredibly high densities of sensors and devices to accelerate their Industry 4.0 initiatives. This new service acknowledges and uniquely meets that need.”

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