For a decade, futurists have predicted wireless will replace terrestrial broadband and all the headaches that go with it. 5G has the potential to fulfill these predictions. It can deliver high-resolution video with uniformity and perhaps, the most impactful, is for Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices, with the promise to connect millions of devices in one square mile. Specifications for 5G were completed last year and with major hardware manufacturers conducting interoperability and field trials now, initial commercial deployments are expected in 2019. However, ubiquity is not expected until 2025.
Migration to 5G, 5G Broadband, 5G Internet
As with today’s coexistence of 3G and 4G, 4G LTE, 4G+ /LTE-A, 5G services will coexist with current technologies. Technology improvements with 4G LTE in the form of LTE Advanced and Advance Pro will extend 4G LTE capabilities to download speeds exceeding 1 Gbps. Applications development will follow to take advantage of speed improvement. Businesses can prepare today to take advantage of 5G capabilities by implementing wireless solutions and planning for the future of 5G, 5G broadband, 5G Internet.
Where And Why Do Companies Need 4G Today?
Business continuity is number one on the list as incorporating a wireless WAN connection for failover provides inherent resiliency. SD-WAN represents a generational opportunity for businesses and there is no better time to provide a 4G connection for every node than when implementing an SD-WAN solution. SD-WAN is also a logical step to ready your business for 5G as SD-WAN is inherently connectivity agnostic.
Followed closely by business continuity, 4G is deployed out of necessity when there is no practical choice other than wireless connectivity. Many businesses have sites unreachable through reliable terrestrial networks, stand-alone kiosks that need connectivity, or locations/events requiring temporary connections. 4G connectivity is the perfect solution in these use cases.
Finally, businesses are increasingly exploring Internet of Things initiatives and there is no IoT solution without network connectivity. While there are lots of flavors of IOT protocols for both LAN and WAN, LTE M is being deployed by many carriers as a low energy low bandwidth solution specifically for IOT devices powered with batteries exclusively.
The bottom line is that 4G solutions are being leveraged as a competitive advantage by forward-looking businesses today will position businesses for 5G.
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