Cisco will use system integrators, service providers, and channel partners to deliver its subscription-based private-5G managed service supported by its hardware and software, the company announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC).\nThose partners include JMA, Airspan, Dish Networks, and Logicalis to support the cloud-based service that will integrate with Wi-Fi networks, reduce up-front costs, and provide deployment when and where needed, Cisco says.\nCisco will provide its mobile-core technology and IoT portfolio such as Cisco IoT Control Center and Cisco P5G Packet Core as well as IoT sensors and gateways. It will provide device-management software, and monitoring tools via a single portal, the comapy says.\nThe service will include secure IoT-device on-boarding, 5G- and industrial-IoT network management, and integration with Cisco\u2019s Identity Services Engine identity and policy control system. It will support Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) specifications that promote interoperability of multivendor cellular network equipment, Cisco says.\n\n\u201cWith the convergence of IT and OT, hybrid work becomes about connecting everyone and everything. Delivering IoT at scale is just as important as connecting people, allowing hybrid workers to gain access to sensors, monitors, robots, and more,\u201d\u00a0 wrote Masum Mir, vice president and general manager for Cisco\u2019s Mobile, Cable and IoT business in a recent blog about private 5G. \u201cOur vision of the future of work is built on wireless through a combination of private 5G and Wi-Fi, where enterprises can modernize, automate their operations, and benefit from the resulting productivity gains.\u201d\nHPE, Microsoft promote private 5G, too\nAlso at MWC, HP Enterprise said it will offer private 5G equipment integrated with its Aruba Wi-Fi gear to offer a pay-for-use servi via its all-encompassing HPE GreenLake cloud. \u00a0\nHPE\u2019s service will employ 5G radio access network (RAN) equipment from third-party vendors to access customer sites.\nMicrosoft announced new carrier-infrastructure offerings through Azure, including services for private 5G using AT&T. \u00a0The idea is to let enterprises buy private 5G for a given area via AT&T or Microsoft, and allow the providers to simply switch on connectivity by allocating bandwidth out of services already available to the new customer according to this services already available.\nSeparately, other players have recently said they will offer private 5G services.\u00a0 In November, AWS previewed its AWS Private 5G managed service. It said that customers would specify where they want to build a mobile network and its capacity, and AWS would deliver and maintain the small-cell radio units, servers, 5G-core and RAN software, and subscriber identity modules (SIM cards), the company stated.