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Vodafone and Porsche build “hybrid” private 5G network

A new 5G network is now operating at the Nardo Technical Centre (NTC) in Southern Italy.

The companies say that the centre, which is owned by Porsche now offers customers a real-time communication network that promises reduced delays, wider bandwidth, improved security and reliability, and faster deployment time.

Vodafone and Porsche claim the network is the first “hybrid” private 5G network because it simultaneously supports both a public Vodafone network as well as a private network for customers of the test centre. This means the local population can also benefit from the network.

The mobile network infrastructure enables 4G and 5G coverage across the centre, which covers more than 700 hectares and has over 20 tracks for high-performance testing.

Vodafone says the new 5G network is part of broader collaboration initiatives between the Porsche Group and Vodafone that led to the deployment of a standalone 5G network at the Porsche Development Center in Weissach, Germany in August 2021.

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