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NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies partner to accelerate global private 5G adoption

Tue 2 Jul 2024

IT infrastructure and services company, NTT DATA,  has announced a strategic partnership with digital solutions company, Zebra Technologies, to accelerate innovation in the 5G device ecosystem.

This collaboration aims to lay the foundation for widespread 5G adoption across various industries. Under this multi-year agreement, NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies will co-innovate to drive the adoption of 5G devices, essential for the implementation of Private 5G networks.

The partnership will enable intelligent asset tracking, allowing for real-time monitoring and management of assets in industrial and enterprise deployments, thus ensuring enhanced visibility, efficiencies, and security capabilities critical to Industry 4.0 supply chain management.

A significant barrier to Private 5G adoption has been the availability of 5G devices for enterprises. This partnership addresses this challenge, bridging the gap for connected devices in the enterprise Private 5G market. Omdia estimates this market will grow 35% globally over the next four years, reaching nearly £7.9 billion ($10 billion) by 2028.

“This alliance underscores our dedication to empowering enterprises with transformative capabilities that propel edge and Private 5G use cases and data-driven experiences,” said Shahid Ahmed, Group Executive Vice President of Edge Services at NTT DATA.

The agreement establishes Zebra Technologies as a strategic partner within NTT DATA’s Device as a Service practice, facilitating easier access, upgrades, and simplified 5G device lifecycle management and support for users.

Available globally, this collaboration will ensure users benefit from continual modernisation of device deployments and the ability to harness new connectivity solutions with a leading suite of Wi-Fi, Private LTE, and Private 5G compatible devices.

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Mobile Computing at Zebra Technologies, Julie Johnson, said the ‘partnership with NTT DATA underscores our commitment to bring users the latest innovations powered by Wi-Fi, Private LTE, and Private 5G networks’.

“We are excited to leverage the global scale of NTT DATA’s capabilities to benefit our customers and be a vital part of a growing 5G device ecosystem, ensuring businesses can thrive in today’s rapidly evolving landscape,” said Johnson.

Leveraging Leadership and Expertise

By leveraging NTT DATA’s leadership in Private 5G and Zebra Technologies’ expertise in intelligent data integration, asset management, and frontline coordination, the partnership aims to make the low latency and high-security features of Private 5G-enabled devices easily accessible to frontline workers in the automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics industries.

NTT DATA is currently deploying a Private 5G network throughout Hyster-Yale Group’s manufacturing operations.

This network will work with Zebra Technologies’ handheld mobile computers and tablets to track assets and materials as they enter and exit manufacturing sites, providing critical business intelligence while connecting engineers, onsite teams, production lines, and materials storage locations. This efficient, cost-effective deployment is managed through NTT DATA’s Device as a Service practice.

NTT DATA’s Device as a Service provides users with a turnkey solution for managing the entire device lifecycle. It offers expert planning, procurement, configuration, deployment, ongoing support, analytics, repair management, and device retirement, all under the stewardship of a trusted partner. This allows users to use a cost-effective per-user, per-month program model to consume technology products on a pay-per-user subscription basis instead of purchasing and owning the equipment.

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