VerizonThe commercial arm of has entered into an agreement to install a private 5G network at a major marine terminal in the Port of Virginia.
Once in place, the 5G Ultra Wideband network aims to allow Virginia International Terminals to test and workshop new on-road autonomous truck technologies as well as using the network for heavy equipment requiring connectivity, the New York-based telecommunications company said Thursday.
Sowmyanarayan SampathCEO of Verizon Business, said on-premises 5G is a perfect fit for the terminal, as seaports’ diverse range of machinery and tools require a private and reliable network.
Sampath also noted that on-premises 5G will meet a range of port network requirements, “from data-intensive, high-bandwidth industrial needs to secure and reliable broadband for day-to-day business.”
The formation of the 5G network by Verizon Business will replace a WiFi system at the 275-acre container terminal. The experimental self-driving trucks – which are being developed under a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to VIT – will rely heavily on the network, using it to establish contact with the terminal for delivering and receiving shipping containers. .
In 2021, VIT boasted a fiscal year report of two million containers tampered with and $47 billion in gross proceeds for Virginia. Their agreement with Verizon Business marks the first U.S. terminal and second large-scale international seaport the company serves with a network.
The network that will be deployed at the port, On Site 5G, works by synthesizing small 5G Ultra Wideband cells with an LTE packet core and maintaining radio signals to create a secure, non-standalone private network. On-premises 5G was introduced to particularly accommodate emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and real-time edge computing, among others.
The private network product was the first introduced to the market in June 2021.