IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
31 August-3 September 2020 // Virtual Conference

T11: Private 5G for Industrial Wireless Applications


Dr. Adnan Aijaz,
Prof. Mahesh Sooriyabandara,
Bristol Research and Innovation Laboratory, Toshiba Europe Ltd., UK


£50 Tutorial only | Tutorial + Full Conference access from £120

Half-day Tutorial, Monday 31st August 14:00 (BST)
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High-performance wireless connectivity is promising for legacy, emerging and future industrial systems. It will enable the long-awaited transition toward wireless for industrial control. It will be the key enabler for realizing the vision of Industry 4.0. It will also enable beyond 4.0 use cases that will ultimately pave the way toward Industry 5.0.

Existing industrial wireless solutions are based on either low-power wireless technologies like Bluetooth and ZigBee or Wi-Fi. Such solutions can only handle specific industrial applications and lack the necessary design flexibility. Moreover, such solutions are often proprietary and hinder interoperability.

5G technology provides a unified wireless interface with the much-needed design flexibility for industrial applications. 5G provides an unprecedented opportunity of a single (standardized) wireless technology for the industrial community. Operation of private networks inside industrial environments would be crucial in making 5G a success in the industrial sector. Private 5G provides dedicated coverage, exclusive use of capacity and the capabilities of customized service and complete network control in industrial environments.

This tutorial aims to raise awareness in the wireless and networking communities regarding the role of private 5G in realizing high-performance wireless connectivity for legacy, emerging and future industrial systems, and to provide the attendees with necessary knowledge and tools for conducting research in this domain.

The core objectives include the following:

  • to provide an overview of industrial networks,
  • to discuss the key features of 5G for industrial communication,
  • to develop an understanding of private 5G networks including design and regulatory aspects,
  • to present the emerging standardization and open innovation ecosystem for private 5G,
  • to showcase some latest results originating from speakers’ research, and
  • to provide a future roadmap while highlighting potential business models and key technological challenges in this area.

Structure and content

  1. Why 5G for Industrial Communication?
    • Overview and evolution of industrial communication and networks.
    • A taxonomy of legacy and emerging (Industry 4.0-driven) industrial applications along with key connectivity requirements.
    • Overview of the recent developments in 3GPP Releases 15/16/17 toward industrial application of 5G New Radio (NR) technology.
    • Concept and unique aspects of a Private 5G Network.
  2. Key Use-cases and Regulatory Aspects of Private 5G Networks
    • Overview of the key industrial use-cases for private 5G networks.
    • Spectrum opportunities for private 5G networks including recent developments from FCC (US) and Ofcom (UK) toward access to shared licensed spectrum.
    • Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and other sharing models for private 5G deployments.
  3. Design Aspects of Private 5G Networks
    • Functional architecture of private 5G networks and deployment scenarios.
    • Service continuity aspects between public and private 5G networks.
    • End-to-End network slicing techniques in private 5G networks.
    • Control-centric resource allocation techniques for private 5G networks. 5 / 8
    • Integration of private 5G and IEEE 802.1 time-sensitive networking (TSN) technologies.
    • Recent results from speaker’s research on design aspects of private 5G networks including a private 5G technology demonstration.
  4. Standardization and Open Innovation Ecosystem for Private 5G  Overview of the recent 5G-ACIA initiative and its main technical activities.
    • Motivation and value of open innovation for private 5G along with an overview of recent open source projects and standard organizations.
    • Prototyping of private 5G networks through off-the-shelf hardware and open source software tools.
    • Insights from Toshiba’s experience of building a private 5G network and technology trials in UK.
  5. Business Models and Future Roadmap
    • Business models and technology strategies for private 5G deployments.
    • Key insights and takeaways based on the overall technical content.
    • Key technical challenges and directions for future research.

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