Wireless LAN (WLAN):
Radio Frequency (RF) wireless may be a valuable component of a hybrid transport solution, and a good fit for mission-critical networks including utilities, telcos, wireless backbone, public safety, transit authorities and private networks, where deep fiber may be cost prohibitive and too time consuming.
- As 5G is deployed, mobile network transport networks evolve to meet multiple new demands ranging from network densification and network slicing to RAN decomposition and network function virtualization.
- While transport will depend on a mix of technologies including IP, fiber and broadband, new wireless capabilities will contribute to the most compelling and cost competitive, complete, network solution.
Microwave radio is one of the most flexible and reliable of current systems. It is a good fit for mission-critical networks including utilities, telcos, wireless backbone, public safety, transit authorities and private networks in point-to-point applications.
Why Microwave Radio?
- Cost Effective – in many cases, it’s a good capital and operational alternative to leasing facilities or building out fiber
- Flexible – can be deployed where land-based facilities can’t
- Scalable – most systems can be easily scale from a few DS1s up to an OC-3 or even 1 Gb/s
- Agile – Provides a generic IP platform to accommodate broadband services including 2G/3G/HSDPA/WiMAX backhaul
- Reliable – Low cost predictability over long distances Multiservice – systems support TDM as well as IP-based services
Private LTE enables organizations to customize their networks for mission-critical applications, optimize the network for low latency and support specific SLA(s) – all without interference from the often-congested public wireless spectrum.
Private LTE is also suitable for some distributed-enterprise use cases, including stadiums, airports, amusement parks, ports, railroads, mines, oil/gas extraction, warehouses, factories, agriculture, elements of smart cities and public safety. Other applications for private LTE involve extremely remote areas with poor cellular coverage.
Wi-Fi remains the most prevalent wireless technology in enterprise networks, but private 4G LTE cellular technology, and soon 5G, can be the answer in specific use cases involving remote and mobile deployments and high-capacity needs, including Internet of Things (IoT).
Why Private LTE?
- Cost Effective – in most cases a good capital and operational alternative to leasing facilities or building out fiber over a wide area
- Flexible – can be deployed in multipoint industrial, municipal and enterprise applications
- Scalable – standards based coverage for wide areas
- Dedicated – supports specific connectivity needs of an operator
- Predictable – better optimized to business need than public wireless spectrum
WLAN makes Wi-Fi predictable, reliable, and measurable while delivering superior indoor location experiences, especially suited to the growth expected from IoT.
The most obvious advantage of a WLAN is that devices can connect wirelessly, eliminating the need for cables. This allows homes and businesses to create local networks without wiring the building for Ethernet. It also provides a way for small devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to connect to the network.
- Cost Effective – reduces overall cost of ownership for indoor connectivity
- Scalable – multi-directional, multi-point cloud coverage
- Flexible – easily add or remove a user or device
- Speed of deployment – easy to deploy and operate
- Reliable – proven technology for high capacity, indoor connectivity