Wifi is a type of LAN (Local Area Network) used generally for home or workplace, while LTE/5G is a type of WAN(Wide Area Network) used both indoors and outdoors, over long distances. LTE/5G offers very fast uplink/downlink speeds, very low latency and much better connectivity than a regular WiFi network.
The advantage of cellular networks over WiFi mostly lies in the fact that they are more reliable and have lower interference because they’re licensed. The performance in terms of speed and connectivity is much better and more stable. Also private cellular networks have robust cybersecurity policies and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than a WiFi*.
A Private Cellular network considers essentially bringing all dedicated radio resources on customers’ premises. In terms of the core network there are multiple alternatives, but a full Private Cellular network would also run the core network on local edge computing resources. Hybrid versions would deploy the core directly in the cloud or in third party MEC.Private Cellular provides absolute control over wireless connectivity and minimizes the risk of interference and congestion compared to a public network, hence maximizing reliability. They also are able to keep all network data on premise and private, while increasing cybersecurity.Private Cellular networks serve as an alternative and/or complement to Wi-Fi, in particular for mission-critical applications and differ from a public cellular network by relying on private resources which allow deterministic performance.
5G offers very fast uplink/downlink speeds (eMBB), very low latency (URLLC) and a higher device density (mMTC) vs. most other alternatives currently available.
Apart from that, another advantage of cellular networks over Wi-Fi is that they run on licensed frequencies. Running on licensed frequencies means the overall performance is not only higher but also more stable, deterministic, and secure, as the risk of interference is close to zero. With Wi-Fi, anyone can convert a smartphone into a hotspot, because any device can use the frequency band. This is not the case in cellular networks where pre-configured physical SIMs (or eSIMs) are required to have access to a specific spectrum band.Cellular networks are also less prone to suffer from reflections, fading, and multipath effects than Wi-Fi which is not designed to cope with these effects. Another great advantage of cellular networks is related to mobility: Wi-Fi has simply not been designed to provide mobility, and the handover process (device moving from one access point to another) can take several tenths of milliseconds and often the connectivity can be lost. In cellular networks mobility management is a built-in feature, making the handover a seamless and immediate process even at high speed (in its specs 5G will cope up to 500 Km/h).
The two downsides of cellular vs. Wi-Fi are related to cost and complexity. For small and non-mission-critical deployments Wi-Fi 6 can be significantly cheaper than Private Cellular and hence will continue being the best option, in particular for connectivity services in verticals like retail, real-estate and hospitality. On the other hand, in mission-critical environments Private Cellular is becoming the preferred choice because of reliability and security. A good news is that Private Cellular costs are also rapidly decreasing due to economies of scale and more competition due to Open-RAN. It is today an affordable option to many enterprises.Complexity is another factor to consider when deploying a Private LTE or 5G network. To achieve a higher performance and flexibility cellular technologies require more sophisticated software (i.e. core network and radio-access network), which has not been originally designed for user-friendliness in Enterprise IT environments. You can learn about how Neutroon can help tackle these challenges here.
There are a variety of use cases that can be implemented with a private cellular network to increase automation and enhance productivity in a controlled, safe and secure way. Some of the most relevant use cases being deployed by industries worldwide are:- HD cameras to monitor safety or security- Autonomous systems in factories in Industry 4.0- Connected CPS, AR/VR/MR devices for smart/assisted maintenance and inspection- Remote controlling and re- configuration of factory robots or production lines- Smart energy like smart grid control- Connected offices like sensor based building management system- Connected health such as mobile medical monitoring- Asset management in asset-critical environment such as industries and mines Neutroon provides its customers access to an ecosystem of applications to seamlessly bring to life advanced use cases and monetize their Private Cellular faster, increasing ROI of the network.
Private LTE and 5G are in general still more expensive than Wi-Fi due to its advanced properties and higher software and hardware requirements. In cases where extensive coverage is required Private LTE is actually more cost efficient than Wi-Fi. That’s because of the very large number of Wi-Fi access points with lower coverage needed to cover the full area.
At Neutroon, we believe the future will be a combination of technologies where Wi-Fi will also be present and will mutually complement cellular technologies to increase redundancy and optimize TCOs. That is why Neutroon supports both cellular (LTE and 5G) and Wi-Fi from a single user interface, giving the customer the freedom to choose the solution or combination of, that best fit the scope and budget.
Neutroon is a management and orchestration software looking to democratize Private 5G. Neutron makes it really easy for private network operators / CSPs / MSPs to deploy and manage multiple private LTE/5G/Wi-Fi networks from different vendors from one single place. We call this concept Networks-as-a-Service or simply NaaS. Neutroon is building an ecosystem of vendors across the full cellular value chain and provides an end-to-end solution integrating these different vendors, ensuring interoperability between them. Our business model gives our customers the flexibility to select and change vendors and technologies depending on their needs without any lock-inHere you can find a list of the vendors we currently support.
Neutroon is currently available only in Europe, but we are always looking for expansion opportunities with partners overseas. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a Neutroon local partner
Core network software: the “heart” of a network where all users/devices are authenticated and traffic is routed and optimized. Neutroon gives its customers the flexibility to chose over multiple core network vendorsRAN software: it manages wireless connectivity and the handover of devices between the distributed radios. Neutroon supports multiple RAN software vendors and is compliant with O-RAN interfacesRadios / Access Points: the physical devices transforming data into electromagnetic waves. Neutroon supports multiple radio vendorsCOTS servers: core and RAN software require local and/or cloud computing resources to run. Almost any COTS hardware will do the job if correctly dimensioned and configuredSwitches: just like any enterprise network Neutroon requires IT networking infrastructure to link everything togetherFrequencies: LTE and 5G require both licensed frequencies to operate. Depending on your country different options might be available.
No, Neutroon has a network of local integration partners to support the complete setup and also operation and maintenance.
Estimating capex and opex (i.e. TCO) depends heavily on the topology of the network and the customer’s specific requirements. Our team has developed an internal TCO calculator that we would be happy to run for you and provide a preliminary budget with a 48 hours SLA. Just can contact us here. What we can say in advanced is that our solutions are at least 50% cheaper than incumbents vertically integrated packages
If you live in a country with private or local frequencies (i.e. UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Czech Republic, Greece) please contact us, and we would be happy to assist you in order to apply for a private spectrum for your company.
Any device with a SIM configured for the Neutroon Private Network can be connected. SIM cards can be directly ordered and configured through the Neutroon Customer Portal.We also partner up with companies that provide CPEs to make anything inside your facility 5G-ready and can assist with the provisioning of these critical components.
We are working on getting roaming agreements with major operators in each country where we operate.
Neutroon automates the provisioning of what we call end-to-end slices. A Neutroon Slice (patent-pending) is composed by a set of dedicated compute resources (i.e. CPU, RAM and storage), a VPN and dedicated radio resources leveraging MOCN/MORAN configurations, SDN, and advanced QoS policies. This allows Neutroon to offer on-demand slicing with guaranteed SLAs with just a few clicks.And last but not least: a Neutroon Slice can combine Wi-Fi, 5G and LTE to ensure performance in heterogeneous network environments.You can read more about our unique approach to slicing in our blog section
As Neutroon orchestrates also edge computing resources, it has the ability to deploy and manage applications and NFVs in that same infrastructure. That is how Neutroon can deploy an application inside a particular slice and ensure SLAs end-to-end. Neutroon is building an ecosystem of applications already configured to run optimally according to its architecture
In Neutroon’s current version SIM cards will be different for each slice you create. These SIM cards can be ordered directly in the platform, and you will receive all SIMs already configured for each particular slice. Future releases of Neutroon will include self-configuration of SIM card and eSIM.
Neutroon’s current version provides basic monitoring and KPIs to assess quality of service. Future releases will include SLA management for both the MSP and the final customers.
Neutroon partners up with local communication service providers and system integrators to bring its product to the market.If you are an enterprise customer we would be more than happy to talk with your systems integrator and develop a joint solution to cover your needs.We typically charge our customers a yearly base license and additional monthly fees for each Private Network and each access point managed by Neutroon for their customers, under a flexible and scalable as-a-Service type of model. We bring all our pre-integrated vendors to the table with full interoperability so you can start deploying Private Cellular in just a few days.If you are Interested in getting a pricing list to start offering Neutroon in your country please contact us.
Neutroon simplifies the complexity of using alternative and innovative vendors that are emerging in the telco industry. It provides an upper layer of intelligence, safety and quality control to make sure a multi-vendor network offers the highest reliability, which is comparable to the incumbents closed and proprietary solutions, while adding flexibility and zero vendor lock-inBy using innovative vendors at the leading edge of 5G development and by leveraging open-source projects in the back-end Neutroon is able to provide the most competitive private 5G networks in the market today.
We are actively looking for more vendors, channel partners and apps to continue building the growing Neutroon ecosystem
Democratizing Private 5G networks
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