The mobile operator says this will allow companies to access private and public networks simultaneously.
The test was conducted at Orange’s test premises in Arcueil (France). The solution relies on network slicing to offer companies the benefits of a private network, while simultaneously connecting to public infrastructure.
Orange used a router supplied by Cradlepoint which connected to two networks and directed data flow appropriately. A laptop was then connected to the two separate slices simultaneously, one private and one public.
The company says this approach could be useful for various industrial use cases. In particular in ports, where a single network can cover both internal needs that can be addressed with a private network, as well as external needs that go beyond the boundary of the site and can be addressed by a public network, such as connectivity for forklift drivers or freight transport.