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Exploring the Power of Private Wireless with Industry Leaders

We are now in a phase where we are constantly witnessing digital transformation. Recently, industry leaders from Federated Wireless, California State Polytechnic University, and AWS came together to discuss the game-changing potential of private wireless networks. Their insights reveal how this technology is not just reshaping connectivity but revolutionizing data management and operational efficiency across various sectors. In this article, we will also introduce how leading provider Q-NEX participates in the campus digital transformation plan of KNUST and contributes the outstanding power of technology to education.

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1. The Dawn of Private Wireless

At its core, private wireless represents a leap forward from traditional Wi-Fi and public networks. It offers unparalleled security, control, and flexibility, making it an ideal choice for data-intensive environments. For institutions like California State Polytechnic University, the transition to private wireless is much more than an upgrade; it’s a transformational shift that promises to enhance every facet of the campus experience.

1.2 Cutting Through the Noise: The Cal Poly Experience

Bill Britton, CIO at Cal Poly, shared how the university’s diverse data needs – from agriculture to high-tech – are pushing the boundaries of their current network infrastructure. With one of the largest fiber hubs in the US, Cal Poly still found itself playing a zero-sum game, where adding data in one area meant sacrificing bandwidth elsewhere. Private 5G emerged as the perfect solution, offering not just additional bandwidth but smarter data management capabilities. This shift towards a digital campus is not merely about enhancing connectivity; it’s about enriching education and research through smarter, more efficient data use.

1.3 AWS Enters the Arena with Integrated Private Wireless

Chris McKenna of AWS spotlighted the launch of the Integrated Private Wireless (IPW) partner program. This initiative is designed to lower entry barriers for institutions like Cal Poly, offering managed services that reduce cost, complexity, and time to value. By pre-integrating AWS infrastructure with connectivity and application services, IPW aims to fast-track the adoption of private 5G across various industries. The program not only democratizes access to advanced networking solutions but also fosters innovation by enabling partners to focus on their core competencies and application development.

2. The Road Ahead for Private Wireless

Iyad Tarazi, CEO of Federated Wireless, emphasized the collaborative nature of the private wireless ecosystem. The company’s role in AWS’s IPW program as both a solution provider and a partner to communication service providers (CSPs) underscores the industry’s collective effort to drive widespread adoption. Tarazi’s vision for the future is clear: a world where enterprises, empowered by flexible and secure private networks, can achieve their digital ambitions without compromise.

2.1 Community and Collaboration: Key to Unlocking Potential

The shared message from all participants is clear: private wireless is more than just technology. It’s an enabler of dreams and a builder of communities. By bringing together diverse stakeholders, from universities to software companies and network providers. The industry seeks to create a supportive ecosystem. This community-driven approach not only accelerates technological adoption but also ensures that innovations are guided by real-world needs and aspirations.

2.2 The Best Practices for Campus and Technology Suppliers to Drive Digital Transformation

Technology vendors and educational institutions need to work together to transform the digitalization of the campus into a reality. Let’s learn from the success of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Q-NEX Technology to understand the best practices for driving digital transformation on campus.

2.2.1 Start with a Shared Vision

Kwame-nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Q-NEX Technologies started their journey with a shared vision of seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technologies into the educational experience. First of all, the goal of the project is clear. Which is to enhance the learning environment and improve the operational efficiency of the campus. Together, the project considers the two main themes of campus life, the students and the people on campus. By aligning their goals, they can create a clear roadmap for the transformation process.

2.2.2 The Collaborative Approach

When KNUST started the digital upgrade, they did not simply hand the checklist over to Q-NEX. Instead, they work as partners, drawing on their expertise. By involving teachers, IT staff, and students in the planning process, the developed solution is not only technically sound but also meets the actual needs of the end users.

2.2.3 Custom Solutions

The key to custom solutions is not to have one size fits all. Q-NEX understands that each classroom at KNUST has its own unique needs. Therefore, Q-NEX team technicians provide customized solutions to the specific requirements of different learning environments. Specific technical solutions have been applied from lecture halls equipped with projectors and large screens to small classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and audio systems.

2.2.4 Reliable Training and Technical Support

Of course, implementing new technologies is just the beginning. Although Q-NEX’s technical solutions are low-cost to learn and easy to use, KNUST and Q-NEX ensure that faculty and staff are trained to take full advantage of the new system. Regular workshops and support sessions are held to ease the transition and encourage the adoption of new technologies.

2.2.5 Sustainability Issues

Digital transformation is not only about technological progress but also about sustainability. KNUST and Q-NEX focus on energy-efficient solutions, such as smart lighting and HVAC systems. That can be controlled and monitored remotely. Thereby reducing the carbon footprint and operating costs of the campus.

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3. Getting on the Private Wireless Bandwagon

For organizations looking to embark on their private wireless journey, the Integrated Private Wireless Portal offers a treasure trove of resources. From industry-specific use cases to a curated list of partners, the portal is designed to guide enterprises through the complexities of deploying private 5G networks. With solutions like Federated Wireless now available on the AWS marketplace, the path to a more connected, efficient, and secure future has never been clearer.


The roundtable discussion underscored a critical truth about the digital age: innovation thrives on collaboration. As private wireless networks continue to evolve, their potential to transform industries becomes increasingly evident. The standards required by digital transformation include efficient, reliable, and secure communication networks. This is the ultimate pursuit of suppliers in all industries. With industry leaders like Q-NEX, Federated Wireless, AWS, and visionary institutions paving the way. The journey toward a more connected and capable world is well underway.

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