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Following up on our 2022 Blog Article on Wi-Fi 6, we wanted to further explore how evolutions in technology have continued to transform the Enterprise Mobility space, and this is exemplified by the recent announcement of a working partnership between NTT Data and Zebra Technologies, utilising the latest in 5G network technology to remodel the manufacturing industry for more efficient, safer, and more productive workflows.

Revolutionising Manufacturing

Imagine a factory floor where machines communicate seamlessly, predictive maintenance prevents costly downtimes, and real-time data analytics optimise every aspect of production. This vision is becoming a reality thanks to the collaboration between NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies, who are spearheading the adoption of private 5G networks in the manufacturing sector.

Collaboration for 5G Adoption in Manufacturing

NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies have joined forces to accelerate the integration of 5G technology within the manufacturing industry. This partnership aims to enhance operational efficiency, supply chain visibility, and real-time data analytics, transforming how factories operate and manage data. By leveraging private 5G networks, manufacturers can achieve low-latency connectivity for their IoT devices and applications. Zebra Technologies’ expertise in rugged devices complements NTT DATA’s system integration capabilities, ensuring a robust and effective implementation.

Benefits of Private 5G Networks

Private 5G networks offer several transformative benefits for manufacturing processes:

  • Factory Automation: Faster data transfer and reduced latency enable more efficient and reliable automation.
  • Predictive Maintenance: Improved data collection and analysis lead to better asset utilisation and significant cost savings.
  • Overall Productivity: Reliable, high-speed connectivity boosts productivity by minimising downtime and enhancing operational workflows.

Device-as-a-Service Model

NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies are also innovating with a Device-as-a-Service model. This approach allows manufacturers to access cutting-edge devices, such as rugged tablets, scanners, and wearables, via subscription. This model enhances operational agility, scalability, and flexibility, enabling companies to adapt quickly to changing technological demands without significant upfront investment.

Ensuring Device Availability

One of the critical challenges in adopting private 5G is ensuring a wide range of compatible devices. NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies are actively working to expand the ecosystem of certified 5G devices. Their efforts aim to accelerate adoption by providing manufacturers with a variety of reliable options, ensuring that the transition to 5G is smooth and efficient.

Streamlining Supply Chain

The partnership also focuses on streamlining the supply chain for private 5G devices. Ensuring timely availability, seamless integration, and robust support are essential for successful adoption. By addressing these aspects, NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies aim to accelerate the transformation of manufacturing processes.

Real-World Impact

Consider a manufacturing plant where predictive maintenance is no longer a futuristic concept but a daily reality. Machines are equipped with rugged Zebra devices, all connected through a private 5G network implemented by NTT DATA. This setup allows for real-time monitoring and data analytics, leading to significant reductions in downtime and maintenance costs. Such real-world applications highlight the potential of this collaboration to revolutionise manufacturing.


In summary, the collaboration between NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies is set to revolutionise the manufacturing industry by leveraging private 5G networks, enhancing device availability, and driving operational excellence. The future of factories lies in seamless connectivity, efficient data handling, and optimised device utilisation. As this technology becomes more widely adopted, manufacturers will experience unprecedented levels of efficiency, flexibility, and productivity.