Dual Frequency Private 4G and 5G Networks
Wednesday, May 18, 2022: 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM
Utilities are increasingly building dedicated networks to support a wide range of monitoring, control and communications functions. Private 4G network operators now have the option of following the established examples of commercial wireless carriers by deploying multi-frequency networks. Typically, such networks involve the use of a sub 1 GHz band for coverage and at least one midband frequency for extra capacity in areas where higher demand exists. Private network operators may deploy economical and long-range NB-IoT or Cat-M1 for monitoring and control functions that they need throughout their areas of operation and limit broadband deployments to areas where the extra capacity is required. This discussion will outline the relevant bands that are appropriate for such dual-frequency private networks. The relative advantages and disadvantages of dual-frequency private networks will be examined including spectrum availability, device ecosystem status and system cost factors.