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5G router for private industrial networks is ‘the first’

29 June, 2020

Three companies – Phoenix Contact, Quectel and Ericsson – have worked together to develop and deploy the first 5G router for local industrial applications in private 5G networks. It will allow machines, controls and other equipment to be connected to private 5G networks to manage their behaviour and use of resources.

The developers say that previous mobile radio systems using mostly license-free radio bands have had to accept performance losses when the radio spectrum is heavily occupied.

The three partners have combined their strengths: Phoenix Contact as a supplier of WLAN, Bluetooth and mobile radio routers for industrial applications; Quectel as a supplier of cellular and GNSS modules; and Ericsson as a network supplier and 5G technology developer. The three have cooperated to enable Industry 4.0 applications to operate with standalone private 5G networks.

Phoenix, Quectel and Ericsson say that their industrial 5G router avoids the performance losses of previous mobile radio systems in industrial applications

They say they have developed a system that provides industrial-grade performance over private 5G networks. Extensive interoperability testing has been performed at an Ericsson lab to ensure the reliable commercial performance of the 5G router.

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