In an interview on Government Technology Insider, Loomis discussed the different benefits and challenges of integrating commercial and private 5G networks with the Department of Defense.
He highlighted tactical use cases, such as the ability of the 3GPP waveform to hide in plain sight in surrounding commercial systems and the democratization of communications through the accessibility of cost-effective devices with high bandwidth and spectrum efficiency.
He also cited the interoperability of private and commercial network hardware and technologies as an advantage, and core deployment as one of the main differences between the two network sources. He explained that Nokia is working on “right-sizing” its core’s platform to fit into the requirements of smaller scale environments such as cloud services.
“The DoD recognizes that 5G capabilities have begun to converge with the requirements that the DoD has for wireless technologies, and they are looking at commercial capabilities,” Loomis commented. “They are seeing that the incremental features that industry has been driving are aligning with the capabilities and use cases that they are seeking.”