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NTT launches world first private 5G Network-as-a-Service platform

By Shannon Williams
Thu 12 Aug 2021

Global tech solutions provider NTT has announced the launch of its private 5G platform (P5G), the first globally available private LTE/5G Network-as-a-Service platform. 

With a complete end-to-end stack of services that goes beyond the network, NTT P5G is designed to help chief information officers and chief digital officers leverage the benefits of private 5G to solve business problems and innovate to keep pace with the future of enterprise.

According to NTT, P5G leverages design thinking principles to integrate security, control and privacy by design, providing performance and cost benefits with a clear ROI. Running on a cloud-native architecture, the platform can be delivered via cloud, on-premises, or at the edge. 

The platform is pre-integrated with leading network and software partners, allowing enterprises to secure, scale and segment their network flexibly. With patent-pending MicroSlicing technology, NTT P5G allows mission-critical apps to leverage the advantages of private 5G.

Fuelling enterprise digital transformation with cloud-based economics and automation is at the heart of NTT’s vision for private 5G, the company says.

"NTT is focused on driving the global acceleration of private 5G to meet the fast-evolving needs of enterprises across industries, including automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail to create unprecedented alignment of data, connectivity, security, and communications," it says.

"NTT is the only provider that offers a best-in-class global network, deep vertical expertise, and a full suite of application development and management capabilities."

NTT appointed wireless industry leader Shahid Ahmed as EVP of New Ventures and Innovation to pioneer the private 5G service portfolio, drive digital transformation outcomes for clients, and deepen ecosystem collaboration. He brings more than 25 years of technology experience focused on business transformation, including key leadership roles at Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Sprint. In addition, he is an appointed advisor to the United States Federal Communications Commission.

“Global enterprises are looking for a single private 5G solution to deploy across multiple countries," Ahmed says.

"They need one truly private network, one point of accountability, one management platform, and one solution partner that eliminates all the major friction points across the entire global footprint of the enterprise," he explains. 

“Our NTT P5G offering supports many of the CXO requirements today, and we will continue to invest in P5G as enterprise adoption evolves.”

Ghassan Abdo, research vice president at analyst firm IDC, says the private 5G technology has the potential to fundamentally change the way enterprises drive digital transformation.

“NTT has a strong track record of focusing on breadth of service, and NTT P5G capabilities extend far beyond basic connectivity to offer a comprehensive suite of services geared toward important business outcomes," he says.

Eric Clark, NTT Data Services North America chief digital and strategy officer, adds, “As data and mobility become more critical to business operations, 5G will enable enterprises to reinvent business operations. 

"With faster speeds and more data, 5G will facilitate advances in artificial intelligence, automation, and IoT,” he says. 

“How a company collects, stores, and uses that data in real-time will be critical to success, and NTT is well-positioned to guide our clients on this journey.”

NTT group companies are jointly accelerating the adoption of open and virtualised 5G solutions globally in collaboration with ecosystem stakeholders. This comprehensive approach enables NTT to provide a full suite of digital transformation services.

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