Black Box establishes private wireless network partnership with Corning and Nokia

May 28, 2024
The new pact is set to validate the integration of private 4G/5G over Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).

Black Box, a systems integrator serving the communications industry, has successfully tested and verified interoperability with Corning and Nokia for the emerging 4G/5G private wireless networking segment. 

According to the three companies, achieving this interoperability will enable the economical implementation of both carrier signals and private 4G/5G wireless services over a single distributed antenna system (DAS).

As part of the partnership, Black Box successfully integrated the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless solution as a signal source for the Corning Everon® DAS system, uniting private and commercial wireless networks on the same infrastructure.

Manu Singh, Global Practice Head of Wireless Technology Solutions at Black Box, said, "Leveraging our integration expertise and these partners’ advanced technologies, we’re able to offer a solution that brings value to customers across various markets and applications.”

Efficiency is another crucial element of this partnership.

By eliminating the need to deploy separate infrastructure for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)-based private networks and public cellular services, the integration spearheaded by Black Box reduces both the cost and complexity associated with maintaining connectivity across various sectors, such as healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and the hospitality industry. As a result, facilities and organizations can assure critical mobility, bolster mission-critical communications, implement new IoT solutions, fully exploit smart manufacturing and automation, and fortify data security measures.

The new integration leverages Nokia DAC private wireless, a plug-and-play LTE, and 5G as a service solution renowned for its capability to support demanding use cases and applications. Also, the Nokia DAC accommodates Wi-Fi to address the connectivity needs of non-business-critical operational technology (OT) applications and can leverage MX Boost technology to combine private wireless with Wi-Fi and get improved capacity and reliability.

One of the other key components of this integration is Corning’s Everon 6200 DAS, which not only guarantees coverage to every space within a facility, but it also streamlines installation and offers versatility and flexibility for both indoor and outdoor designs. 

The Everon 6200 DAS is a highly flexible platform with multiband support, built to serve the public access spectrum while seamlessly supporting the technical requirements of a CBRS-based private network over a fiber-to-the-edge active DAS distribution solution.

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