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GSA Identifies 40 Countries/Territories with 4G/5G Private Network Deployments

With data on over 300 private mobile networks, manufacturing sector leads with way accounting for 22 percent of those catalogued by GSA

May 17, 2021
The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) identified 40 countries/territories with private network deployments based on LTE or 5G or LTE or 5G-suitable private network spectrum license. The latest GSA report on the status of the market has been able to categorise 311 private mobile network deployments being deployed all around the world.  
 
GSA data suggests that manufacturing is an early adopter of local area private mobile networks with 67 identified companies holding suitable licenses or involved in known pilots or deployments of LANs of probable LANs (up from 51 at the start of 2021). Mining follows second, with ports also actively trialling/deploying local area private mobile networks.  Within the manufacturing sector, the automotive subsector is an early leader in terms of private network investment and adoption. Automotive companies account for over a quarter (26.9 percent) of the 67 identified manufacturing companies holding suitable licenses or involved in known pilots or deployments.
 
The latest GSA report: Private mobile networks – market status update (May 2021) includes data on the countries/territories with identified private network deployments (pilot and commercial), and on private mobile network deployments by type (LAN vs. WAN), technology (LTE, 5G, LTE and 5G) and status (pilot or production deployment). It also includes detail on the number of identified private mobile network deployments by sector and a further breakdown of manufacturing vertical markets.  A data annex is available to GSA Members and Associates detailing those organisations deploying private mobile networks based on LTE or 5G (on pilot or commercial basis) or holding licenses suitable for private LTE or 5G network deployment (publicly announced companies only).
 
“The private mobile networks market is home to a wide range of service providers, including equipment/technology vendors, mobile network operators, systems integrators and the private network end-users, some of whom also take responsibility for installing or operating their own infrastructure,” commented Joe Barrett, president of the GSA. “GSA has counted 38 equipment vendors that have been involved in the supply of equipment for private mobile networks based on LTE or 5G. In addition, we have identified 63 public network operators which between them are known to be involved with 106 projects. This broad ecosystem of vendors, operators and vertical markets is one that the GSA is continuing to track and report on for its Members and the wider industry.”
 
To improve information about this market, GSA is now maintaining a database of private LTE and 5G networks worldwide. The database catalogues specific information about 311 companies known to be deploying LTE or 5G private mobile networks or known to have been granted a license suitable for the deployment of a private LTE or 5G network (but excluding those that have deployed alternative technologies), to enable analysis about the evolution of the market and is being added to on an ongoing basis. This latest report is the fifth in a series tracking the evolution of this sector of the industry and includes a data annex for GSA Members.