NTT unveils private 5G Network-as-a-Service platform

11 August 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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NTT is claiming a world first with the launch of the first globally available private LTE/5G Network-as-a-Service platform.

Purpose-built and named NTT P5G, the platform offers a single end-to-end management and service creation platform. It is designed for enterprise chief information and chief digital officers and promises a "suite of services" including enterprise security, device and edge management, application development, big data analytics, and deep back-office integration.

Heading the private 5G service portfolio, NTT has appointed wireless industry leader Shahid Ahmed to the role of EVP of new ventures and innovation.

He said: “Global enterprises are looking for a single private 5G solution to deploy across multiple countries. 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.

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

NTT said P5G leverages design thinking principles "to integrate security, control and privacy by design, providing performance and cost benefits with a clear ROI".

It runs on a cloud-native architecture and can be delivered via cloud, on-premises, or at the edge. It also offers network slicing, through the patent pending MicroSlicing technology.

Eric Clark, NTT Data Services North America chief digital and strategy officer said: “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.

“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.”