Private 5G in airports: Ready for takeoff

Digital transformation promises to fundamentally change the way airports operate and serve their stakeholders. Passengers will have a personalized experience and access to rich services. Airlines will boost their operations’ efficiency and functionality, reduce costs and resources, and improve passenger satisfaction. Tenants and other airport partners will roll out new services to support their operations, their staff, and passengers more effectively. Security and safety partners will have more reliable tools to protect assets and people. Airports will overhaul their operations to manage assets, improve staff efficiency, and enable remote control for some applications. 

Innovation will impact the entire airport ecosystem dynamics: how partners collaborate, how they share information, and how they communicate with each other.
Realizing this vision is within reach. We have the technology, the devices, and the business models to support it. A growing number of airports are actively engaged in developing a digitalization strategy and implementing it.

Connectivity is an essential enabler for the digital transformation in airports. Airports already have a mix of wireless and wireline networks, but in most cases, they do not provide the coverage, capacity, latency, reliability and security that new applications and services require. In many airports, legacy networks, proprietary solutions, and vendor lock-in prevent innovation or make it unaffordable. An overhaul of the wireless infrastructure is needed to provide ubiquitous and continuous connectivity to assets, goods, staff and passengers across the entire airport footprint.

Private 5G networks address these requirements and give airports the performance and reliability they need to support their connectivity needs and those of their partners. In addition, and equally important, they give airports full visibility and control in their wireless infrastructure – from planning and deployment, to operations and upgrades.

Conversations in the report


Why do airports need private 5G networks? A conversation with Johan Bjorklund, CEO, Betacom


DFW: The airport of the future, enabled by a private 5G network. A conversation between Paul Puopolo, Executive VP of Innovation, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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Watch a preview of the conversations with Paul Puopolo, DFW and Johan Bjorklund, Betacom

Questions we address in the report

  • Why do airports need to take control of wireless connectivity?
  • How does the 5G ecosystem keep all connected?
  • What are the top private 5G network use cases?
  • Why do airports need to move beyond legacy networks?
  • Why a private 5G network?
  • Isn’t Wi-Fi enough?
  • Is CBRS a game-changer?
  • Should airports choose traditional or Open RAN?
  • Do airports need network slicing and edge computing?
  • What are the benefits of accurate 5G positioning?
  • Does 5G interfere with air traffic in airports?
  • How can airports manage the complexity of a private 5G network?
  • Do airports have to manage and operate private 5G networks?
  • How does a NaaS model work?

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