Private 5G networks are closed-door cellular networks, providing coverage in a specific area for a limited number of subscribers, each using special SIM cards associated with the network. It is the simplest type of mobile network to build, as it does not rely on national operator collaboration.

Neutral Wireless have a proven track record of designing and deploying private networks for a wide range of use cases. Examples of private network varieties that we can provide include:

4G/5G FWA Broadband Network

For deployment in a rural community. The private network operator deploys basestations, and issues mobile broadband modems and SIM cards to paying customers. External devices are unable to connect to the network.

4G/5G ‘Pop-up’ Network

For cellular wireless backhaul at an event. Akin to the FWA network above, 4G/5G equipment can be configured to behave like “fancy WiFi with benefits”, providing IP connectivity over the air for various use cases (eg OB camera backhaul, POS backhaul, event WiFi backhaul etc). Primary benefits of 4G/5G over WiFi for these use cases are significantly higher transmit power and wider coverage radius (kilometres rather than meters), mobility/ handover between cells, and network security due to the use of private SIM cards.

4G/5G Campus Network

For a factory site, or similar. Workers are provided with smartphones that can be used onsite for VoLTE phone calls to other campus devices (i.e. similar to a traditional corporate internal telephone network with desk phones and extension numbers), and potentially Internet access, to allow them to read their work emails. If the smartphones were taken outside of the factory building and outside of the coverage area of the network, they would show “no service”.

NB-IoT Network

Used to provide coverage over a wide geographical area to analytics and control devices, such as sensors and remotely operated switches and valves.


NW Lomond NIB

If you are looking to get started with private networks, our NW Lomond 5G Network in a Box (NIB) is probably the best place to start!

NW Lomond delivers a fully portable 5G basestation, with Release 16 aligned vBBU software stack and integrated mini-5GC for subscriber management and local data breakout. The NIB is the perfect solution for lab work and field trials, and also for deploying a pop-up 5G network at events for sports broadcasting, music festivals, and public conferences.

The NW Lomond NIB is a truly mobile private 5G StandAlone solution, with the Radio Head and Compute platforms packaged in a 5U wheeled case, and optional companion Antenna and Tripod in another. The 5G network can be unpacked and operational in as little as 5 minutes.

Click here to find out more about the NW Lomond NIB.