Recently, the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has increased significantly. With increasing automation and use of smart devices, there is a growing need for secure and reliable connectivity.
One technology that has been gaining traction in this area is Mobile Private Networks (MPNs). Vodafone’s new portable 5G network prototype is one example of growing interest.
In this blog post, we will explore the concept of MPNs and why they are becoming important in today’s world.
What are Mobile Private Networks?
Mobile Private Networks (MPNs) are dedicated mobile networks that operate in a limited geographical location. They provide a secure and reliable connection for voice, data, and IoT services.
These networks can be completely isolated or can use a ‘slice’ of a public network. This makes them a good option for businesses that need a secure internal network. Unlike public mobile networks, they provide a private reserved coverage, subject to agreed performance.
As an alternative to Wi-Fi, MPNs allow businesses to use 4G or 5G technology as needed.
Benefits of Mobile Private Networks
MPNs can be set up using either 4G or 5G technology and can consist of many access points. This means tailoring them to meet the specific needs of an organisation is easy.
- Remote areas with limited connectivity will enjoy better coverage.
- The technology can be used as an alternative backup solution. This will add greater resilience to businesses that rely heavily on their broadband.
- MPNs can offer greater security and privacy compared to public networks. Something that is becoming very important as more of our everyday lives rely on the internet.
- Utilising 5G technology they can provide high-speed, reliable internet. This is useful when you need to connect many high network demanding devices.
Why are MPNs Important?
The arrival of 5G technology has opened up new possibilities for MPNs, providing faster speeds and greater bandwidth. This is particularly important for IoT devices. IoT devices need fast and reliable connections to send data.
Using 5G technology, MPNs can offer higher data transfer rates and better network coverage, making them an attractive option for organizations that rely on IoT devices.
Also with the rise of autonomous vehicles and smart devices there is an increased demand for secure and reliable connections. MPNs offer a way to provide this connectivity, enabling better communication between devices and systems.
This is especially important in the context of autonomous vehicles. A reliable and secure network is essential for this technology to function safely.
What This Means for Your Business
With the increasing interest in MPNs, we are likely to see new innovations in this area. For example, Vodafone’s portable 5G MPN prototype. The device could be used in emergency situations to quickly deploy a 5G network. Likewise, it could function as a main connection for businesses in remote locations.
This highlights the potential for MPNs to provide secure and reliable connectivity in a range of settings.
We are likely to see MPNs becoming more available to smaller businesses. Vodafone’s breakthrough is a major step towards this. As the technology becomes more widespread, it is likely that the costs of setting up and maintaining an MPN will decrease. In turn, making it more accessible to organisations of all sizes.
This will provide smaller businesses with access to secure private networks, better backup solutions, and improved coverage in remote areas.
Mobile Private Networks (MPNs) are becoming increasingly important in today’s world. With the arrival of 5G technology, we are already seeing new innovations in this area, resulting in secure and reliable network connectivity being more accessible.
Since the technology is becoming more widespread. We will likely see lower entry costs in the near future. As a result of this, SMEs will also be able leverage the benefits of MPNs.