Verizon announced an $11.5 million US Department of Defense (DoD) tranche 2 award to build a private 5G network inside an aircraft maintenance hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH).
The design will allow military leaders to take advantage of the high throughput, high bandwidth and low latency of Verizon 5G, providing on-base personnel the opportunity to explore how improved wireless coverage can help increase the operational efficiency.
Ericsson will partner with Verizon for the Tranche 2 award work, bringing its Ericsson Private 5G solution that provides core network and radio access to the test site.
As part of the pilot array design on JBHHH, which includes a hangar and other nearby areas, a limited number of aircraft maintenance personnel will explore new ways to implement foreign object detection (FOD) , other aircraft maintenance applications, and several different user equipment (UE) devices to see how they perform on the private network. Early testing will determine how the Army can apply this design and corresponding results to other bases.
Verizon’s construction of a private 5G network at JBPHH follows its announcement earlier this year of a commercial 5G UW mmwave tower, also located at JBPHH.