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Nokia continues its private networks surge, but Shell bucks the trend

The resurgence of private networks has been one of the big themes of 2019, as enterprises look for ways to leverage 4G and 5G quickly, and in the best way to suit their transformation attempts. Nokia is the most active of the large equipment vendors in this space, clearly targeting a new set of customers for its networks and services, as a valuable hedge against pressures in its core operator base (though of course, it may also have to deal with conflicts of interest in scenarios where its MNO customers are competing with private operators rather than partnering with them). In the past month, the Finnish company has announced three new private cellular project, including one in Germany concerned with…

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