Technology leader Cisco and NTT Ltd., an IT infrastructure and services company, announced a collaboration to drive private 5G adoption across the automotive, logistics, health care, retail and public sectors. The two companies will co-innovate and jointly bring to market the technology and managed services that will enable enterprise customers to deploy private 5G successfully and achieve better business outcomes.
The companies plan to accelerate edge connectivity through NTT’s Managed Private 5G solution, combined with Intel hardware, so that Cisco and NTT customers will be able to integrate private 5G seamlessly into their pre-existing LAN/WAN/Cloud infrastructure.
Together, the companies can enable critical industry 4.0 capabilities such as push-to-talk ‘walkie talkie’ communications, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), always connected PCs (for digital frontline workers), machine vision (e.g. predictive maintenance, PPE detection), and more.
Cisco and NTT already have begun coordination on several customer deployments. In addition, the two companies plan to power computer vision for product quality analysis, predictive analytics for manufacturing equipment functionality and maintenance, and autonomous vehicles for moving product on the factory floor, leveraging NTT’s IoT connected solutions.
For Cisco’s private 5G, NTT will provide network infrastructure design, deployment, run operations, use case development, device sourcing, compatibility and end-to-end testing.