STC Saudi Arabia exemplifies how
The pandemonium in UK airports as excited passengers massively outnumber anxious airport staff could be quelled with private 5G networks (such as 5G SA) according to Ericsson in its Connected Aviation report. In an optimistic report it has claimed that performance gains of between 20 and 40% are attainable through the addition of secure and reliable connectivity.
The report explores private networks use cases with STC Saudi Arabia, as well as the French airport operator Groupe ADP, technology service provider Hub One, airline Air France and aircraft maker Airbus. It raises the hope that private networks will address the challenges related to aviation growth and the current customer dissatisfaction with the loss of operational efficiency and security cause by Covid. Ericsson details how private networks can improve air-side operations and customer experience, increase throughput and empower the workforce to be more productive wih 4G and 5G technology.
The immediate priorities for the aviation industry include turnaround delay, financial stability, high aircraft maintenance, low customer experience, safety, security and environmental sustainability. It exemplifies how operations could be more efficient if orchestrated over 5G SA private networks with reference to three case studies, including one involving STC Arabia, which show tested, realistic applications in action.
“By digitaling the operations around the aircraft with our private cellular network we saw significant increase in efficiency,” said Henri Tallon, Business Unit Manager for Telecommunications at Hub One, “it’s a clear return on investment.”
The report has four use cases that show how growth barriers can be overcome. Each shows how 5G SA brings instant pay back by connecting assets, providing instant communication, digital load control and shifting data. With tons more informant being processed it is vital to upload and offload remote data much more efficiently. Each flight needs to offload between 500 GB and 1 TB of data related to sensors, direction, and entertainment, which is critical to providing reliable information for aircraft predictive mechanisms and enhancements.
“Like a cellular network, aviation enables connections between people and businesses,” said Thomas Norén, Head of Dedicated Networks at Ericsson. “Through Ericsson Private 5G, the airport ecosystem can keep up with heightened data demand and increase operational efficiency without compromising safety and security. After years of testing, private 5G networks are ready to be deployed commercially at airports and within the broader aviation industry.”