Secure, Integrated Private Wireless Network Architecture

A.D. Stewart
Cisco Systems, Inc., Maryland, United States

Poster stand number: T107

Keywords: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, LoRaWan, CURWB, ZTA

More expansive DoD edge capabilities requirements—including: tactical, virtual/constructive training, warehousing, smart bases, flight-lines and any environment where mobile connectivity adds mission value—mandate an increasingly expansive and broadly connected network. Users and operational technology create and interact with data and applications from edge to cloud. The underlying architecture must enable integration of many types of systems, connections from multiple locations, and the means to connect users/devices of differing characteristics (e.g.: mobile, fixed, low-latency demand, constrained bandwidth). As commercial industry has realized, the employment of an integrated private wireless architecture enables management of complexity while optimizing performance and security. A private wireless architecture brings together wired and multiple wireless access technologies, including 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, LoRaWAN, Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul. A Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) must be applied to the network—including user/device connections to data and applications, no matter how they connect to the network and associated resources. Adoption of integrated private wireless architecture by the DoD creates a revolutionary shift for IT operations that must embrace multiple types of mobile users. These technologies enable operators, systems and devices to exchange data at greater speeds, over increased bandwidths, with secure connectivity, and support ubiquitous access methods.