On June 14th, according to Nokia’s latest 2024 Industrial Digitization Report, early adopters of enterprise specific wireless networks have been continuously expanding their usage since deployment. This report presents statistical data on the benefits and return on investment (ROI) of deploying dedicated wireless networks for enterprises, providing a reference guide for deploying dedicated wireless networks such as 5G private networks.
This study was commissioned by Nokia with GlobalData to investigate and analyze the development and investment returns of 100 early adopters of dedicated wireless networks in Australia, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These enterprises are mainly distributed in fields such as manufacturing, transportation, and energy.
In terms of investment return rate, 93% of respondents stated that they achieved investment return within 12 months; 78% of respondents stated that they achieved “positive results” within 6 months; 23% of respondents reported achieving their investment return rate target within one month.
The safety and sustainability of employees have always been a problem that dedicated network providers are committed to helping businesses solve. 65% of respondents stated that they have made over 10% progress in “the best use cases for improving employee safety”, such as adopting geofencing technology and using robots to perform high-risk work.
79% of respondents stated that their efforts in sustainable development have significantly improved, with their carbon emissions reduced by 10% or more after deploying dedicated wireless networks. The report states that this is achieved through sensors on industrial IoT devices, which can monitor carbon emissions and reduce the phenomenon of “truck idling” with the help of drone technology.
At the same time, 39% of dedicated wireless network deployment enterprises have successfully implemented internally deployed edge technologies or adopted new industrial equipment to support cutting-edge technologies such as AI and analytics. Meanwhile, another 52% of companies are planning to do so.
The report introduces the case of Lufthansa Technik deploying dedicated wireless networks. The company uploads high-quality videos from multiple cameras through the internet, enabling inspection and remote maintenance of aircraft components; Edge computing technology is also introduced, which eliminates the need to deploy mobile servers to meet AI analysis near aircraft engines.

Claudius Noak, IT consultant for Lufthansa’s industrial solutions, said, “The deployment of dedicated wireless networks has improved network connectivity from the beginning. It provides us with a stable, reliable, and secure network environment with wide coverage and only a small number of access points, which is crucial for virtual form checking. Its added value comes from the expansion and integration of new use cases. Since deployment, our dedicated wireless network has connected more than 50 devices, which will soon grow to hundreds and ultimately be able to connect over 1000 devices.”
David de Lancelotti, Vice President of Edge Business at Nokia Enterprise Park, added, “The return on investment for dedicated wireless and industrial edges has been fully validated. By integrating dedicated wireless and Wi Fi connections, applications, and devices on a centrally deployed edge platform, we help customers improve staff security, increase productivity, reduce carbon emissions, and lower operating costs. This will definitely drive the rapid deployment of more use cases and lower overall ownership costs. As emphasized in the Nokia Industrial Digitization Report, combining dedicated wireless networks and edge technology on one platform can provide the best foundation for AI use cases for enterprise operations.”