As Gigabit-Class LTE continues its aggressive global rollout, competitive-minded organizations are rethinking the role of wireless networking in their wide area networks. They are deploying high-bandwidth mobile services, remote and mobile video streaming, remote digital advertising, and wireless WAN branches. As organizations are planning for 5G their deployments are often evolutionary. Here are examples of Gigabit-Class LTE use cases that follow a Pathway to 5G.
Gigabit-Class LTE Use Cases
|4G LTE||Gigabit-Class LTE||5G|
|Medical||→||Remote consultation||Remote diagnosis||Remote surgery|
|Video for surveillance||→||Visual recognition||HD visual recognition||Machine recognition & automatic triggers|
|Video for marketing||→||A visual experience||A better visual experience||An immersive experience, e.g., augmented reality|
|Video for Public Safety||→||Video capture for analysis afterward||Real-time HD monitoring||Machine recognition and response|
|Wireless WAN||→||Cut the cord with low bandwidth requirements (lower bandwidth requirements)||Cut the cord with higher bandwidth requirements (higher bandwidth requirements)||Cut the cord with fiber-like requirements (fiber-like requirements)|
|Branch high availability||→||Critical application failover||All application failover||Built-in wireless failback|
|Industrial operations||→||Wireless monitoring||Wireless remote operation||Wireless autonomous operation|
|Workforce collaboration||→||Video collaboration||HD video collaboration||Augmented reality collaboration|
|Transportation||→||Tracking & telemetry applications||Multimedia applications||Autonomous applications|
Organizations also are very aware of the promises of 5G technology and want to ensure their purchases today will set the right foundation for tomorrow. Not only does Gigabit-Class LTE use many of the same technologies, but it will also be the fallback technology for 5G. This is why Cradlepoint’s Gigabit-Class LTE solutions are designed to be 5G Ready for enterprise-class use cases. An edge networking service is 5G ready when the service can offer:
1. Software-Defined Control
Third-party 5G modem health degrades
The ability to dynamically steer traffic to a redundant wireless or wired WAN interface. Additionally, polices can steer traffic by application type and data plan usage.
Organizations have the freedom to run the latest 5G services while ensuring the highest performance and availability possible.
Wireless High Availability
2. Wireless High Availability
Third-party 5G modem fails
Two integrated Gigabit-Class LTE modems ready to take over if the third-party modem fails.
Organizations have confidence from running a high availability all wireless architecture.
Multi-Carrier and Multi-Service Flexibility
3. Multi-Carrier and Multi-Service Flexibility
Different carrier rollout timeframes and flavors of 4G LTE and 5G.
The ability for one router to switch between carriers and services as situations dictate.
Organizations can maximize availability and build highly-distributed wireless edge networks today and leverage 5G whenever, wherever, and however they choose.
4. Wireless Management
Lack of tools and analytics to effectively manage wireless edge network connectivity.
Robust wireless management capabilities for the integrated modems including health management, predictive cellular billing analytics, policy, and alerts, an efficient data plane protocol, and dynamic configuration of carrier profiles per radio.
Lean IT organizations have point-and-click simplicity with sophisticated wireless control across all of their sites in one easy-to-use pane of glass.
How Gigabit-Class LTE Works
Availability of Gigabit-Class LTE Networks in the U.S
(Data as of summer 2018)
High-Performance Connectivity for Branch & Mobile Use Case
In distributed branches, Gigabit-Class LTE-enabled solutions are expanding what organizations can do with cellular-based broadband. Gigabit-Class LTE gives businesses the flexibility, bandwidth, and performance to keep more of their applications connected during failover, accommodate higher-definition video streaming, and make “cutting the wires” more viable than ever before.
Routers featuring Gigabit-Class LTE connectivity are bringing in-vehicle networks into parity with fixed networks. Adding Gigabit-Class LTE links to police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, buses, service trucks, and other vehicles means more streaming video, WiFi connections, sensors, and telematic data. With dual-modem options, Gigabit-Class LTE provides a rich-bandwidth, secure, and reliable in-vehicle network.
Pathway to 5G
As the industry leader in cloud-delivered LTE network solutions for businesses, service providers, and government organizations, Cradlepoint is committed to extending its leadership into the emerging 5G space.
5G is the fast-approaching fifth-generation wireless broadband technology. It will be 10 to 100 times faster than the current LTE network and will allow for the connection density to support billions of devices. 5G will enable diverse use cases from enhanced mobile broadband, to mission-critical control, to massive IoT applications.
"Gigabit-Class LTE introduces enabling technology that will provide the foundation of 5G for years to come. Faster speeds and low latency performance create new ways for wireless to impact how organizations optimize operations and serve customers.”
-Brian Partridge, Vice President at 451 Research
Watch: Understanding the Role of Gigabit LTE
As operators enhance existing networks with LAA, CBRS, and other current-day technologies, Gigabit-Class LTE stands out as a key component in the monumental transition toward 5G. While there’s significant buzz about the ways in which 5G will transform business operations, the benefits of Gigabit-Class LTE and enhancements to existing networks are being overlooked. It’s important for organizations to understand how Gigabit-Class LTE and private LTE can help transform their operations now and help prepare them for 5G.
Watch this on-webinar to explore how Gigabit-Class LTE’s speed and reliability are enhancing wireless networking use cases—and continuing the pathway to 5G.