Newport News Shipbuilding partners with Verizon to utilise 5G for manufacturing

Newport News Shipbuilding has partnered with Verizon to use its 5G Ultra Wideband service to enhance the shipbuilding process.

With 5G’s rising bandwidth and ultra-low latency, Newport, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls, will aim to be better equipped to meet network connectivity demands, and will test the latest ways its engineers can use augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to support everything from employee training to architectural design. “Adding this capability to our infrastructure will allow our workforce to have the right information, at the right time, and at the right location to perform their jobs,” said Bharat Amin, EVP of Huntington Ingalls.

Tami Erwin, EVP and CEO of the Verizon Business Group said: “The first and most meaningful use cases for 5G will be in enterprise space and we've built our 5G network to support those truly differentiated experiences that will reshape entire industries.” Brian Fields, VP of business transformation at Newport News Shipbuilding said: “5G will be a game changer when our engineers can put on a pair of AR goggles connected to 5G and map out 3D drawings or video chat directly with the employees working inside a ship in real-time.

Earlier this month, Australian telecommunications firm Optus claimed that it had made the world’s first 5G data call by using a 2300MHz spectrum. The firm conducted a full-fledged test in in Sydney by making use of Ericsson kit. Dennis Wong, the network managing director of Optus said: “With its lowest frequency, the 2300MHz spectrum band, in the future, will finally offer our customers even higher speeds, as well as provide greater depth of coverage that will allow even more customers to benefit from 5G services.”

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