For years now, a number of wireless players have been promising that there is demand among enterprises and others for private wireless networks. The argument is that utilities, cities, manufacturing companies and others have specific applications that can’t or shouldn’t run over public wireless networks, and so they will need to build their own networks—and will spend money to do it.
Indeed, in its efforts to bolster this notion, Qualcomm has often pointed to a study from Harbor Research that predicts the private LTE network market could reach fully $17 billion by 2022. And Qualcomm isn’t alone: Companies selling the idea that private wireless is a big opportunity include Ligado, AT&T, and others.
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