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Celona and Mobile Experts Validate How Enterprises Are Realizing the Benefits of CBRS-Based Private Wireless in New Market Study

New private cellular networks report shows cost savings of up to 75% and a 3-month ROI versus conventional alternatives for enterprise wireless

Celona, the industry’s innovator of 5G LAN solutions, and Mobile Experts, a leading analyst firm providing market analysis for the mobile infrastructure market, released a new report comparing the business case for utilizing Celona’s unique solution versus conventional enterprise Wi-Fi and private cellular offerings from vendors that have traditionally served carrier infrastructure.

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The report revealed that for industrial use cases, a Celona wireless network utilizing private cellular spectrum (e.g., CBRS in the United States) delivered a 50 to 75 percent annual savings by eliminating network-related production disruptions, which used to result in significant loss in material and labor costs.

In one specific use case, return on investment (ROI) payback of three months provided a real-world view into the motivations of industrial enterprises looking to achieve reliable wireless connectivity for critical business workflows with the use of private cellular technology.

“Our research focused on the real-world use of private cellular, and we found that CBRS-based wireless infrastructure can deliver some fairly profound cost savings and return on investment across industrial environments such as manufacturing and warehousing,” said Kyung Mun, Principal Analyst, and report author from Mobile Experts.

“Using the Celona solution, one steel manufacturer was effectively able to save up to $2.7 million a year in labor and material costs by avoiding operational disruptions they experienced using Wi-Fi,” Mun said.

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Since a private cellular network using the CBRS spectrum in the United States can offer much greater wireless coverage cell size on a per radio basis, it requires 4-6x fewer indoor and outdoor access points than Wi-Fi. The report showed a significant wireless coverage advantage with private cellular over Wi-Fi 6 in this real-world customer deployment, while delivering superior reliability and uptime.

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For manufacturing and warehousing environments, unplanned downtime can directly lead to loss of revenue and hamper profitability goals. The report examined a real-world Celona wireless network deployment for a U.S. steel manufacturer.

In addition to the three month ROI reported for this steel manufacturer, due to the eliminated downtime for critical operations, the report also reviewed the cost of acquisition for different technologies evaluated. This acquisition cost model included hardware and software components of wireless access points (AP), LAN switching, cabling and labor costs associated with AP installation, and cable pulls to the APs. The findings showed that a fully integrated Celona system can deliver up to 30 and 200 percent cost savings when compared to enterprise Wi-Fi and carrier vendor infrastructure system costs, respectively.

“With private cellular wireless proving to deliver a quick and compelling ROI, we believe industrial enterprises will increasingly seek Celona to augment Wi-Fi networks and take on digitizing more of their business-critical process workflows,” said Özer Dondurmacıoğlu, VP of Strategic Accounts at Celona. “As a result, accelerating how they do business and how fast they serve their customers.”

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