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MulteFire Alliance supports maritime implementation of 5G

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MulteFire Alliance’s (MFA) Uni5G Technology Blueprints set to help industries such as maritime select and implement the key features from the 3GPP 5G standards that are relevant to their specific deployment.

The first Uni5G Technology Blueprint will be available in Q4 2021.

“Ports are large and complex with different processes happening at the same time. The current connectivity offered is not suited for ports and frequently experiences disruption due to signal blockage from complex surroundings causing machine downtime or faulty operations,” MFA explained to PTI.

“5G private networks overcome these challenges, and will enable efficient and robust, secure cellular connectivity for ports. Deployment of a 5G private network can provide a reliable and secure solution for ports while achieving full site coverage,” it added.

According to a recent industry report by ABI Research, the total addressable market size for 5G and 4G/LTE private network equipment for Industry 4.0 use cases will reach $35B by 2030.

“It will also be able to support port automation systems such as cranes, mobile gantries and autonomous vehicles,” the company said.

“For example, Nokia recently completed the first phase of Port of Zeebrugee’s 5G private wireless network deployment. The port authority is now able to provide private wireless connectivity to more than 100 endpoints across the entire port and deliver new and enhanced services.”

In a report conducted by Beecham Research on behalf of the MFA the company projects that 5G private network connected major port assets will see a growth of 54% per annum by 2023.

This projection, MFA said, not only covers very large ports but also medium and smaller hubs where automation is seen as beneficial.

The release of the 3GPP 5G standards, among other drivers, the company says that the use of 5G networks in ports is likely to accelerate faster than this projected rate.

WithUni5GorMulteFire, enterprises can efficiently deploy their own optimised, reliable, and secure private network in unlicensed, shared or locally licensed spectrum.

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