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Private Networking: Ultimate Control, Reliability and Security

Does your organization require a level of security and reliability that isn’t provided by public cellular networks or Wi-Fi?

Discover the power of private 5G and LTE networks. Semtech private network solutions offer the flexibility, security, coverage, and reliability that mission-critical applications demand, all while simplifying procurement and deployment through the deep network expertise of its partners.

End-to-end Private Network Solutions Designed to Work Your Way

Designing a private 5G or LTE network can be daunting, as you need to select the right spectrum option, user equipment, and infrastructure. We are here to help!

You can count on Semtech’ unparalleled expertise in IoT and its world-class ecosystem of partners to set you on the path to success.


Whether you are deploying a private network in a mine, power grid, or in a manufacturing facility, failure is not an option.

AirLink® solutions are built from the ground up to meet the harsh environments, high security and extreme reliability required for mission-critical applications. Based on 30 years of wireless experience, our large portfolio of private networking solutions supports various mission-critical needs, from low-power solutions to extreme 5G performance.

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Private Networking Architecture

Semtech has teamed up with leading private networking companies to provide you with a tailored, end-to-end private network solution that can be customized to your specific needs. Click on each element of the private network architecture to learn more about how Semtech and its partners can help you simplify your private network deployment.
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User Equipment : Routers and Modules User Equipment are 5G or LTE router or module solutions that connect end devices through Wireless (Wi-Fi) or wired links (Ethernet) to the private network. Semtech logo
Radio Access Network (RAN) Indoor or outdoor small cells that connect the user equipment to the core of the network through radio connections.
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Evolved Packet Core (EPC) This is the « brain » of the network. It controls the network traffic flow, quality of service rules, and database of subscribers.
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Solution Integration From start to finish, our system integrators can guide you every step of the way, from technology and vendor selection, to RF design, integration, and monitoring services. You can choose the support, services, and commercial model that best fit your needs while collaborating with industry experts in your vertical.
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Use Cases

Explore AirLink® private 5G and private LTE solutions for your specific application.


With ultra-fast connectivity speeds, low latency, and high reliability, private cellular networks offer utilities an unmatched level of control over their networks while ensuring that critical industrial traffic remains isolated from public networks.


Take advantage of innovative robotics, product tracking and other IoT warehouse applications without the high-cost and dead zones associated with Wi-Fi deployments.


Airports present significant cost and bandwidth challenges for Wi-Fi network deployments. A private network delivers excellent coverage both in-building and outdoors across the entire airport, eliminating interference and dead zones.


Ensure ultimate control over your sensitive information and critical infrastructure while leveraging the high speeds and low latency of 5G to collect and analyze large volumes of data in real-time.

AirLink® Private 5G and Private LTE Network Solutions

Purpose-built to meet the harsh environment, high-security and extreme reliability needed by mission-critical customers, AirLink® private 5G and private LTE network solutions deliver ultra-reliable connectivity, combined with intelligent management and real-time monitoring. From low-power solutions to extreme 5G performance, we can help you find the right solution for your needs.

AirLink Pro – Ultimate Routers

For the most demanding applications, the Ultimate routers provide ultimate multi-network 5G and Wi-Fi performance.

AirLink® XR90 and XR80 support full spectrum CBRS LTE and global private 5G standalone (SA) bands (n48, n38, n41, n77, n78, n79).
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Frequently Asked Questions

A private cellular network is a dedicated 5G or LTE/4G network that is owned and controlled by an organization or business. It uses licensed, shared, or unlicensed spectrum to deliver secure, wireless communication services that are only available to users within the organization, or within a specific geographic area.

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A private cellular network operates on a similar model to traditional public cellular networks: edge devices use wireless spectrum to transmit data to nearby cellular base stations, access points and other network infrastructure. The key difference between public and private networks lies on who has a license or priority access to the wireless spectrum, and who owns and operates the network’s base stations and other infrastructure. In a private network, the organization owns (or lease/share) the wireless spectrum, and the network infrastructure.

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Private LTE and 5G networks provide several advantages over Wi-Fi, making them particularly valuable for organizations deploying industrial and IoT applications. These advantages include better coverage, stronger security, higher device capacity, faster upstream data speeds, lower latency, easier management, and the ability to failover to public networks.

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Choosing between a 5G or 4G private network depends on several factors, such as budget, business needs, and timelines. 5G networks provide faster data speeds, lower latency, and the ability to connect more devices simultaneously, making them ideal for applications that require high-bandwidth and long service life, low-latency, and near real-time connectivity, like real-time video transmission and industrial automation. However, a private LTE network can also deliver the speed, latency, and other performance capabilities required depending on your use case and requirements. Many of today’s router solutions are compatible with both 4G LTE and 5G networks. By using these types of solutions, your organization can deploy private LTE networks today, with the knowledge that upgrading to a 5G network in the future won’t require replacing all of your devices.

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To create a private network that meets your organization’s unique needs, you must first understand your goals. Start by identifying the problem you are trying to solve and establishing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). By doing so, you can determine your network requirements and choose the correct equipment to achieve your desired outcomes.

As this task can be daunting, partnering with an expert in your industry can be invaluable. You should look for an ecosystem of partners with a proven track record, experience in your industry, and a comprehensive suite of services that can guide you every step of the way, based on your specific needs.

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To fully optimize your private network, it’s essential to choose the routers that offer optimal performance, reliability, and security for your specific use case. Look for a vendor that has ample experience working within your vertical and can supply rugged, reliable routers that offer consolidated edge-to-cloud security. Moreover, to future-proof your investment, select routers that work on multiple private cellular network bands and can connect to both private and public cellular networks. You will also need devices that support both 5G and 4G and that are easy to set up and manage. By adopting this strategy, you can ensure that your private network is capable of coping with changing business needs effectively while maintaining performance and security standards.

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Spectrum bands for private networks depend on the use case and range of spectrum available.  The below table summarizes different private network bands and the AirLink devices that support them. Complete Suite of Solution Spectrum image

To realize the full benefits of your private cellular network, it’s crucial to monitor your network to detect and resolve any performance or security issues. Additionally, regular firmware and software updates on your network devices can help maintain their overall performance and security. To optimize management and support costs, look for a solution that allows remote device monitoring and configuration from a single, centralized location

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