Two weeks ago, we held our first live event since March 2020: Enterprise 5G Live in Santa Clara, CA. During the two days we had:

  • More than 40 speakers and presenters in 20 workshops, bootcamps and keynotes.
  • Over 120 enterprise, systems integrators, solution vendors and distributors represented.
  • Five demo CBRS networks – we joked that our show was the only place in the country that had five CBRS networks under one roof. And as Iain can attest, coordinating the PLMNs was a chore.
  • More than 800 cookies, muffins and pieces of cake were consumed – in addition to the 390 sandwiches and salads.
  • 33 gallons of coffee were drunk, mostly by the hardy souls who traveled from Tel Aviv, Israel, to attend the show.

Some of the E5G Live’s content highlights include:

  • Vapor.io: Talked about how their 20 kW data centers can be turned up in less than 6 hours and, along with fiber, help address the “middle mile” connectivity gap.
  • Zayo: Discussed how their fiber network links premise-based apps on edge platforms with cloud services. So doing helps create the foundation for everything from retail order fulfillment to autonomous logistics, drone landing stations and intelligent IoT sensors.
  • Athonet: Discussed how its 4G/5G core network can be deployed on premises, in the cloud or on a hybrid basis and showed how those deployments can scale across a private network installed in multiple brick-and-mortar storefronts.
  • Intel: Highlighted their work with a variety of vendors, service providers, school districts and enterprises using 4G/5G private networks to transform their operations.
  • Microsoft: Discussed their Azure-based initiatives to provide developers with the tools to transform not only the 4G/5G core, but the RAN and the applications that run on them.
  • Amazon Web Services: Talked about how their platform makes it possible to deploy a 4G/5G core network and RAN in less than 40 minutes.
  • Celona: Talked about how private networks not only need to be easy to deploy, but how they enable the uptake of new machine-to-machine communications in addition to proving essential connectivity services.

Overall, the show focused on enterprise 5G technology and use cases. One example includes Blue White Robotics, which retrofits farming equipment into autonomous farming machines. Their solution requires devices in the vehicles, compute and storage, connectivity on site and to/from the farm. Another example is Transparent Path, which offers a tracking and monitoring solution for the cold storage logistics chain. Their solution requires IoT sensors and AI, along with cellular network roaming and private networks.

At one level those use cases are all about how a private network can enable innovative enterprise solutions. But, those solutions would not function without the underlying digital infrastructure – i.e., towers and cellular networks, fiber and data center.