Accedian recently released new analyst research on the future of 5G in manufacturing. The research was conducted in partnership with the leading management consultancy, Analysys Mason, which focuses on telecoms, media, and technology (TMT). The study found that though 76 percent of manufacturers plan to use private 5G locally by 2024, key barriers to adoption include management complexity, difficulty of deployment, and high costs.
Accedian Skylight PVX (formerly Performance Vision) is a unified enterprise network and application performance management solution. The product combines network flow monitoring, real-time application transaction decoding, and end-user experience tracking to generate performance data. With Skylight PVX, users can monitor traffic from both physical or virtual environments (including the cloud) and analyze OSI Layer 2 through Layer 7 network traffic in real-time. Skylight PVX can be deployed in either a virtual or hardware-based appliance.
Manufacturing holds serious promise in being transformed through 5G network adoption. As a sector primarily reliant on the quality of connections between technologies and machines, 5G can expedite processes, reduce latency, enable automation, and the adoption of artificial intelligence, robotics, and augmented reality. The majority of manufacturers agree that high reliability (82 percent), security (78 percent), and support for low-latency applications (75 percent) make a 5G network a worthwhile choice.
In a media statement, Sergio Bea, VP of Global Enterprise and Channels at Accedian, said, “5G is set to transform industries, and no sector is more ripe for this than manufacturing. Our research with Analysys Mason clearly shows the appetite for adoption among manufacturers is there, but network performance monitoring and management remain barriers to entry. With the right network monitoring tools, IT teams at factories can be sure they’ll have both the visibility and security they need to make 5G adoption a success.”
Over 200 respondents from Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States across six verticals offered insights into private 5G network adoption. Key highlights from the research include:
- The most likely types of 5G deployments are hybrid models (45 percent) and network slice (35 percent), while 18 percent of manufacturing respondents prefer fully private on-prem networks.
- Security (63 percent) is the main factor influencing the choice of 5G deployment model, followed by network performance (49 percent), speed/simplicity of deployment (49 percent), application performance (45 percent), and data privacy (43 percent).
- With regard to barriers to adoption, respondents considering a hybrid network model are most concerned about management complexity (43 percent).
- Most respondents believe that important metrics to monitor are application performance KPIs (61 percent), closely followed by network performance (59 percent), and security KPIs (55 percent).
Michele Mackenzie, the Principal Analyst of IoT and private networks at Analysys Mason, also added, “our research shows there is appetite for 5G in the manufacturing industry, which means there’s also immense opportunity for service providers to uplevel their relationships with factories, as well. CSPs need to capitalize on this momentum to become more than just vendors, but strategic partners to manufacturing organizations looking to navigate the future of the sector.”
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