Gigabit-Class LTE for Enterprise Networking


The reliability, performance flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of cellular-based broadband have made wireless WAN an essential and trusted part of forward-thinking enterprise networking. 4G LTE is rapidly evolving into higher-speed, lower-latency Gigabit-Class LTE, which is one of the cornerstones of the pathway to 5G.

How Gigabit-Class LTE Works

The ongoing expansion of 4G LTE into higher-performance Gigabit-Class LTE technology is based on three key developments, each of which is a component of 5G:

  • Spectrum Efficiency — The addition of 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) allows more bits to flow through the available spectrum.
  • Expanded Capacity — 4×4 Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) allows the splitting of transmission across many antennas, which multiplies the capacity of an RF link.
  • Wider Channel — Carrier aggregation, or melding various pieces of licensed and unlicensed radio spectrum into one wider channel, expedites the flow of data.

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5 Examples of How Gigabit-Class LTE is Shaping Enterprise Networking

1. High-Bandwidth Failover

The increased speed and throughput of Gigabit-Class LTE enable cellular-based failover to prioritize and protect many more applications during primary WAN outages, allowing enterprises to keep their operations running as usual without interruption. Also, with data plans poised to become unlimited, leveraging wireless for load balancing will become more cost-effective. Eventually, 5G will enable failover to accommodate all traffic.


2. Cutting the Wire at Fixed Sites

Cutting the wires and deploying all-in-one solutions at widely distributed branch sites is more viable with Gigabit-Class LTE, which makes wireless faster and more dependable than ever before. Getting rid of numerous local and regional ISPs allows enterprises with numerous locations to more easily manage their vendors — and to have Day-1 connectivity at each new site. Eventually, 5G will enable wireless to support higher-bandwidth on-site applications such as AR and VR.


3. Remote Subject Matter Experts

Remote Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) significantly extend the reach of important services such as higher learning and diagnostic health care to a much broader audience. Gigabit-Class LTE takes this concept to a new level by enabling higher-definition streams and multiple cameras — and 5G will usher in advanced features such as HD streaming and haptics.


4. Live Video Surveillance for First Responders

Video surveillance is important in virtually every industry, but particularly for first responders, as it can help them save lives and capture suspects. Gigabit-Class LTE enables better footage quality and uninterrupted live streaming instead of the “store now, forward later” approach. As 5G and unlimited data plans roll out, first responders will combine wireless, AR technology, and analysis software to leverage real-time facial and object recognition.


5. Wireless Opportunities in Manufacturing Facilities

To help solve the inflexibility of wired infrastructure and the congestion of WiFi, Gigabit-Class LTE in some cases can be implemented for robotics and other applications in manufacturing plants. The latency and bandwidth advantages of Gigabit-Class LTE and 5G, along with the rise of Private LTE, will make wireless a viable option even in dense computing environments.


High-Performance Connectivity for Branch & Mobile Use Case

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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.

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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.

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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.

Pathway to 5G


"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.

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The Pathway to 5G Workshop


The Pathway to 5G Workshop

The Pathway to 5G Workshop

Cradlepoint is offering a personalized half-day, in-person consulting workshop that is designed to help CIOs and senior IT leaders take advantage of emerging Gigabit-Class LTE and 5G services within their next-generation WAN strategies. This workshop will educate leaders on the underlying wireless spectrum and technologies that provide the foundation for these new services, as well as the published rolled-out plans for major carriers—including upcoming 5G market launches.

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