The rise and rise of private LTE for Enterprise connectivity

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Industry 4.0, commonly known as Fourth Industrial Revolution, leveraging Cyber-physical systems, IoT, Analytics, AI with Automation, and Intelligence with Robotics in Manufacturing as well as newer applications in Industrial/Enterprise settings have enabled a key technology – Private LTE, 3G/4G and eventually 5G solutions for enterprise connectivity. Generally, traditional wireless networks are not capable of handling the bandwidth, latency, security and reliability requirements of operationally intensive environments. Private LTE is a standards-based LTE network scaled down to fit the needs of entities/enterprises.

What is Private LTE?

Enterprises are and is being challenged when large amounts of data are transferred and the cost of high data-transfer volume can be stressful in public LTE networks. This is when private LTE can be a better choice. Private LTE generally comprises of local cellular network that includes cell sites and core network servers dedicated to supporting the connectivity of a specific organization’s requirements independent of the cellular networks of service providers. Private LTE can be deployed anywhere, including areas beyond the reach of public carriers, and can keep data on-site for security reasons. And private LTE can be optimized to handle traffic types with specific requirements. For example, real-time IoT applications can be guaranteed extremely low latency for immediate response.

Benefits of using Private LTE

Private LTE ensures guaranteed and secure connectivity, and supports a wide range of applications – ranging from push-to-talk (PTT) group communications and real-time video delivery to wireless control and automation in industrial environments, given the authority over wireless coverage and capacity. Organizations are making sizeable investments in private LTE networks across the critical communications and industrial IoT (Internet of Things) domains – including public safety agencies, militaries, utilities, oil & gas companies, mining groups, railway & port operators, manufacturers and industrial giants.

What can an enterprise do with a private LTE network?

  • Build a more agile business that can keep pace with shifting demand
  • Accelerate the digital transformation
  • Unlock new opportunities with the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Provide reliable connectivity for the people, machines and sensors

How can private LTE give enterprise a competitive edge?

Private LTE networks are game-changing technologies that provide maximum mobile coverage and ubiquitous connectivity – inside buildings, in high-traffic venues (stadiums, theatres) and in environments such as hospitals, corporate and educational campus facilities. Enterprise using traditional Wi-Fi connectivity have come under hacking attempts and are vulnerable to invasion threats more than cellular networks like LTE. Big organisations should have an increased empathy towards private LTE networks because they offer a more secure, scalable and resilient solution.

Think of it like this: A port terminal operator wants to take advantage of smart port concepts by providing scalable, modular network solutions that increases operating efficiency, improve employee safety, and enhance its competitive edge. What can the operator to do in this situation? It turns to business-critical private LTE network to meet these challenges. The customizable network will ensure full coverage to every corner of the terminal, prioritize data traffic among applications, deliver reliable voice/video communication, enable innovative augmented-reality applications to handle containers, and provide low latency in general. As a result, ports that don’t use this smart approach to boost productivity and efficiency risk falling behind their industry competitors.

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