Private networks present the opportunity to take wireless into places and areas where there may not be a public 5G network. In other places where a public 5G network exists, private 5G can offer additional security, privacy, improved data sovereignty, the ability to offer application prioritization with quality of service and increased management and control. “Think of it as a 5G LAN solution that is purpose-built for your business need. A lot of enterprises are looking at campus-based deployments,” says Arvin Singh, head of 5G and edge innovation with Verizon Business.
“We have taken a position where we will support both, enterprises and telecom carriers,” says Debika Bhattacharya, Senior Vice President of 5G & Enterprise Solutions, Verizon Business. “In India, we can help companies with private 5G once the spectrum becomes available,” she added. The telecom company maintains partnerships with Indian telcos Jio and Airtel and with system integrators — Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys.
The US-based telecom carrier is conducting trials to demonstrate use cases following a partnership with Amazon Kuiper. “We have tied up with the Amazon Kuiper. We are starting to test whether in 2022-23, it will be available. I think it is relevant for 5G as a private,” says Sampath Sowmyanarayan, chief revenue officer at Verizon Business. “India is an important country for us. We operate a lot of centres out of India. Lot of our systems, technology and product development work happens in India. The talent we see in India is second to none, and which is why it’s very easy for us to operate in India,” adds Sampath.
Verizon has a $130 billion annual revenue of which the enterprise business contributes to nearly $32 billion. Verizon has offices in Bengaluru, Chenani and Hyderabad with a total employee base of nearly 8,000 individuals in India.