Private LTE for the Enterprise


Today, wireless networks have a role in virtually every architecture. However, in some circumstances, options such as WiFi and public LTE are not ideal. For those use cases, Private LTE has emerged, providing dedicated, fixed-cost networks for businesses and IoT devices. Benefits of Private LTE can range from data usage savings and enhanced traffic flow to better information security.

With its rapidly increasing popularity in the market, Private LTE is beginning to play a unique role in the world of wireless LAN — and on the Pathway to 5G.



How Private LTE Works

A Private LTE network leverages micro towers and small cells — similar to a WiFi access point — on-site to replicate the larger public network. Private LTE can be based on licensed, unlicensed, or shared spectrum.

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Licensed Spectrum

Carriers can license their spectrum to enterprises or third parties, or they can build and operate a Private LTE network for an enterprise.

Shared Spectrum

Enterprises can operate Private LTE networks in spectrum that is owned but lightly licensed (Example: CBRS, 3.5 GHz).

Unlicensed Spectrum

Enterprises or carriers can operate Private LTE networks in unlicensed spectrum such as the UNII-3 band that is used for WiFi (Example: MulteFire). Carriers also can use this spectrum with carrier aggregation to expand their bandwidth (Example: LTE-U, LAA).


3 Use Cases of Private LTE for Enterprise Networks

Private LTE can provide very specific benefits ranging from lower data costs and tighter information security to improved network performance, which make Private LTE the best available LAN option for a variety of locations.

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Manufacturing Facility

Many companies are implementing robotics inside manufacturing facilities to improve and automate operations. With the bottom line at stake 24x7, these initiatives require strong information security, along with exceptionally high levels of bandwidth and network performance — both of which can be hindered by the fluctuating data usage of businesses and homes in the surrounding area. Private LTE puts a manufacturing site’s network on a different frequency so robotic devices don’t have to compete for coverage. With priority and pre-emption, a Private LTE network also can provide a higher quality of service for particular devices.


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In warehouses, video surveillance has become a crucial tool for deterring criminal activity, helping law enforcement find suspects, and monitoring employee activities. Because WiFi lacks the stability and performance they need for hundreds of video cameras, enterprises are using fixed-cost Private LTE to support traffic from hundreds of video cameras — and to keep footage data on-site, instead of incurring huge data charges with a pay-per-bit plan on a public carrier network. It’s a cost-effective and secure way for organizations to make large facilities wireless.


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Large Ships & Remote Campuses

On a large ship and other remote campuses, Internet connectivity is more important — and difficult to provide — than ever before. For example, on a U.S. Naval vessel out at sea, WiFi isn’t robust enough or secure enough to meet network needs, yet provisioning wires throughout the ship simply isn’t a viable option. With Private LTE as the primary WAN and military satellite as the backhaul link, the ship has a secure on-board network that can keep everything and everyone connected, regardless of location.


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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. Many operators—especially international—plan to use unlicensed Private LTE for their 5G rollouts. Eventually, enterprises are expected to upgrade their Private LTE networks to Private 5G.

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.


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.

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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