Bharti Airtel announced the successful trial of a private 5G network at the Bosch facility in Bengaluru, tipped to be India’s first 5G private network. Airtel’s on-premise 5G captive private network has been built over the trial 5G spectrum allocated by DoT.
The telco has implemented two industrial-grade use cases for quality improvement and operational efficiency at Bosch’s manufacturing facility utilising the trial spectrum. 5G technology, including mobile broadband and ultra-reliable low latency communications, drove automated operations, ensuring faster scale up and reduced downtimes.
“Airtel is committed to India’s digital transformation and supporting the development of its enterprise as they seek to acquire global scale. We believe that Airtel has the world class infrastructure, partnerships and expertise to deliver Captive Private Network Solution in any part of the country and to enterprise of any size.”Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO – Airtel Business
The private network has the capability to manage thousands of connected devices along with delivering multi Gbps throughput. It will provider greater reliability, enhanced security, and huge flexibility, freeing the operations from wire-dependency to enable Bosch in reaping the benefits of automated operations.
Bosch is said to have significantly reduced the time taken to assess the quality through automatic optical inspection (AOI) of surface mounted devices. The process was made efficient by ensuring faster transfer of data over highly reliable and secure network to an AI/ML server for real-time decision making by Bosch.