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5G networks

Apple suppliers eye 5G private network boom

Newcomers in telecom gear aim for markets dominated by Huawei and Ericsson

Four major telecom equipment suppliers dominate the global market for 4G networks. That could change in the 5G era.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- The emerging market for private 5G networks is giving key Apple suppliers a chance to diversify away from low-margin consumer electronics -- and break into a field long dominated by telecom equipment giants like Huawei Technologies.

Unlike public networks that are open to all users and usually require vast amounts of infrastructure, private 5G wireless networks are dedicated, local networks for use in a specific facility or location, such as a factory, hospital, logistics center, mine or farm.

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