By Juan Pedro Tomás
Verizon Business announced a new turnkey private networking solution with Celona, with the aim of accelerating the use of private 5G to support a new generation of business initiatives.
Verizon Business says that the new solution will benefit small, mid-market and enterprise businesses that are looking to quickly deploy private networks. The new offering will also help businesses expedite bringing private 5G applications to market, the carrier added.
The strategic partnership will focus on leveraging Verizon’s On Site LTE and 5G network with Celona’s 5G LAN products.
“Today, every organization around the world faces its own unique set of digital transformation challenges, and for businesses to remain competitive, they require new, cutting-edge solutions designed specifically to meet their needs. This partnership does exactly that. No one is better positioned to leverage the power of private networks than Verizon, and we can’t wait to see our partnership with Celona deliver powerful results for our customers,” said CEO of Verizon Business, Tami Erwin.
Verizon Business noted that with traditional wireless technology solutions, organizations are often left with coverage gaps, fractured security, and inconsistent service quality that leads to costly downtime and lower productivity, challenges which could be addressed with the new joint offering.
Verizon’s On Site LTE and 5G solution provides customers a private and secure on-premises cellular wireless network on which to run critical business applications and operations. Following this partnership, Verizon customers can now use a Celona LAN to deploy the private core on-premise, or on any private or public cloud.
“Celona and Verizon have a shared architectural approach and vision for the power that 5G technology has in transforming business operations,” said co-founder and CEO of Celona, Rajeev Shah. “We believe that 5G as a network software service, operating within common mobile edge compute environments, will give enterprises the agility they need to truly support their latest digital initiatives.”
The joint offering targets a wide variety of use cases and business outcomes, including factory automation, distance learning, real-time inventory management, supply chain automation and digitization of staff experiences in healthcare.
“Celona and Verizon are bringing together the right technology, expertise and architectural approach that, we believe, will help enterprises better plan, build, run and support private 5G networks,” said senior research analyst for IoT and mobile network infrastructure at IDC, Patrick Filkins.
Verizon Business said that the partnership delivers key enterprise benefits including:
-Flexible deployment options, allowing cloud-native integration of 5G network services within private, edge, metro, and public cloud compute environments
-Network and policy automation
-Secure per-device/application network QoS enforcement with the Celona MicroSlicing technology tied to enterprise policies
-Software-defined network management model that tracks key performance indicators on a per application and per device group basis.