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7 Things to Know About LTE Advanced

LTE Advanced and Carrier Aggregation

Carrier Aggregation Enables LTE-A to be Three Times Faster Than Previous Generation of LTE

Because LTE Advanced (LTE-A) routing is on the cutting edge of networking technology, there aren’t many resources available online that identify business cases for adopting the service. Most resources that are available online are filled with jargon or are outdated, i.e. published when the spec was released years before the service was available.

Whether you’re an expert who needs help articulating the case for investing in LTE-A-compatible technologies or you’re largely unfamiliar with the service, consider this your go-to primer.

Benefits of LTE Advanced are rooted in carrier aggregation

First things first: carrier aggregation is the innovative new feature on which LTE-A is built. In conventional LTE networks, carriers broadcast in multiple frequency bands, but each device or 4G router can only utilize a single frequency band at a time. At any given time, certain frequency bands may be overtaxed with traffic, while other frequency bands remain underutilized. This means the devices are underutilizing the network resources, and quality-of-service (QoS) might be negatively impacted by high-volume usage on one band within a geographic area or when applications require a lot of bandwidth.

Carrier aggregation, however, makes it possible for carriers to transmit data to a device like a wireless router over multiple network bands at once, through a single “aggregated data pipe.”

LTE Advanced offers better Quality-of-Service (QoS)

LTE-A utilizes a more efficient packet scheduling protocol and allows carriers to manage radio frequency resources more flexibly. In other words, the packets of data carried over the network can get where they’re going using more efficient routes, and there’s a lower likelihood that those data will be lost in transmission. Network providers can better allocate radio spectrum resources across their network, intelligently selecting which users connect via which frequency bands to enhance quality and capacity in spite of finite spectrum.

That means businesses that rely on wireless networks will be able to use and create higher-bandwidth applications, enjoy better access to cloud storage and software, and work faster.

LTE Advanced is more reliable

With single-band LTE, it is possible for connectivity to be interrupted for a few seconds when a device switches frequency bands. In contrast, because LTE-A utilizes multiple frequency bands at once, devices switch frequency bands in just a few milliseconds. Additionally, even if one band drops, the device stays connected via the second band in the aggregated data pipe.

Businesses will be able to trust LTE-A to provide connectivity for even their most mission-critical applications.

Carriers are using LTE-A & ‘small cells’ to address data demand

While traditional LTE is already widely recognized by mobile and distributed enterprises as a critical business enabler, one potential drawback is the potential for radio spectrum interference in densely crowded areas like urban centers and stadiums. Additionally, the demand for data is growing exponentially. Today, cellular carriers are aggressively deploying small-cell radio access nodes in many urban centers in concert with their efforts to expand their LTE-A coverage. These small-cell nodes have a short range, but they help increase network capacity and decrease congestion.

This move by carriers will make it possible for enterprises to continue the shift to wireless networking, because carriers will be better able to meet the rapidly increasing demand for wireless bandwidth.

LTE-A is three times faster than the previous generation of LTE

Current-generation LTE networks aren’t reaching their full potential speeds, so you may be wondering whether LTE-A will be able to significantly improve network performance. The answer is yes, thanks to carrier aggregation.

Recently we conducted a speed test here in Boise on AT&T’s network. On single-band LTE, we saw speeds of about 4 Mbps. When we measured speed for the LTE-A service, we reached speeds more than three times faster — 15 Mbps. Across the U.S., the trend is similar: with conventional LTE, typical speeds range from 5-12 Mbps, while LTE-A offers advertised speeds of 10-25 Mbps. We have been getting reports of speed tests using our routers coming in at 60 Mbps, 80 Mbps and even up to 156 Mbps on commercial networks in the U.S.

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LTE Advanced is available across the U.S.

All major carriers in the U.S. are quickly rolling out LTE-A on their networks. AT&T and Verizon started in major metro areas (NFL cities, to be exact) and continue to expand. T-Mobile and Sprint have a great percentage of their LTE networks covered by LTE-A at this point.

Some carriers have their own branded name for LTE-A services, while others may brand it later. T-Mobile is calling it “Wideband LTE,” Sprint labels it “LTE Plus” (they retired the Sprint Spark name), and Verizon has been rolling it out under its “XLTE” brand, but we’re adding “with carrier aggregation” to delineate. AT&T hasn’t announced a branded name for LTE Advanced yet.

Cradlepoint launched the world’s first & only suite of LTE Advanced-compatible routers

Cradlepoint is the industry leader in 4G LTE. We were the first to support LTE connectivity using a USB stick, the first to engineer an LTE router with an embedded modem, and now our LTE-A routers are the only line of routing products on the market that enterprises can use to take advantage of LTE-A.

Here are a few features of our new platforms:

  • Supports carrier aggregation for two frequency bands
  • SIM-based automatic carrier selection for all of North America (just insert an active SIM and power up)
  • Backwards-compatible with traditional LTE and HSPA+
  • No price increase over our Category 3 LTE routers

LTE-A has very real bottom-line benefits for mobile and distributed enterprises with high-bandwidth needs. For example, a bus carrying 60 passengers can use LTE-A to offer more bandwidth and network capacity, creating a better experience for riders. A retail store with dozens of different applications and multiple Parallel Networks that all depend on wireless connectivity for either primary or failover connectivity can enjoy even greater reliability, better QoS, and significantly faster speeds to enhance customer experience.

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Sierra Wireless enables the world’s fastest vehicle network for first responders, field services and transit

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Sierra Wireless have announced the availability of theAirLink® MP70, an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) vehicle router for mission critical applications in public safety, transit and field services.
Today’s mobile workforce needs to connect more technology in and around their vehicles to enhance safety and responsiveness. The MP70 serves as a purpose-built, high-performance vehicle networking solution that enables multiple high-bandwidth applications to work simultaneously, more than 10 times faster and four times further from the vehicle than ever before. It also provides IT departments with the flexibility to manage fleet and mobile assets in the cloud or in the enterprise data center using Sierra Wireless AirLink Network Management solutions.
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“First responders and field services teams need access to uncompromised connectivity at all times, and that’s central to all of our LTE networking solutions,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “Using the MP70, mobile workers can communicate seamlessly from in and around their vehicle, as if they were in an office. This allows them to perform critical duties onsite more efficiently, and ultimately respond more quickly and effectively in the field.”

For example, a typical law enforcement vehicle hosts a laptop for dispatch and records management, an electronic citation system, live digital video surveillance, body-worn cameras and automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems. With the MP70, all of these systems can connect to a high-speed vehicle area network, with both gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi supported, and share a secure LTE-A cellular connection that enables the dispatcher to access all of the systems in real time.

“We trialed the MP70 router to connect our in-vehicle computers and provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for our team to access critical database records onsite in real time during emergencies,” said Greg Katz, Lieutenant, Billerica MA Police Department. “Right out of the box, we were impressed by the MP70’s top-notch, ruggedized form factor—with hardened aluminum casing, it’s clearly designed for turbulent vehicle environments. We are also very impressed with its reliable LTE connectivity and, because it offers 4-port Gigabit Ethernet, we will be able to support more in-vehicle equipment, such as video cameras and ALPR, bringing the full functionality of our office network to our patrol officers.”

“The MP70 high performance vehicle router extends Sierra Wireless’ industry leading portfolio of vehicle gateways, which includes the AirLink GX450 mobile gateway and multi-network FirstNet Band 14 oMG vehicle router,” said Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of specialist IoT analyst firm Beecham Research. “There is strong demand for vehicle area networks that can handle multiple applications, and the MP70’s flexible, secure management and Wi-Fi capabilities make it an attractive option.”

An entire fleet of AirLink MP70 routers, field applications and mobile assets can be remotely managed, controlled and monitored over a centralized platform using AirLink Network Management solutions from Sierra Wireless. Available as a hosted, cloud-based AirLink Management Service, or as a licensed software platform in the enterprise data center, oMM Management System, AirLink Network Management solutions allow organizations to increase efficiency and lower maintenance costs by up to 90 percent.

The MP70 is the industry’s first router with a high performance vehicle area network accessible via Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Wi-Fi and 300 mbps LTE-A to connect multiple applications in and around the vehicle. It has an integrated events engine, built-in vehicle I/O and support for AirLink Vehicle Telemetry to enable advanced awareness and instant insight into vehicle diagnostics, connected mobile assets, fleet operations and the workforce. The MP70 also provides GNSS and inertial navigation (activated in an upcoming software release), enabling superior vehicle location accuracy, even when out of satellite coverage. Purpose-built for vehicles, the AirLink MP70 ensures superior reliability and continuous operation in harsh environments and is designed to survive extreme transient surges and perform in noisy vehicle power environments.

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Cradlepoint at the forefront of LTE-A Routing Platform Technology

Cradlepoint is First in the World with LTE Advanced Routing Platform for the Enterprise

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Enhanced Solutions Portfolio Enables Faster Connections & More Reliable Coverage for Mobile, Data-Rich Applications

Cradlepoint, the global leader in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, announced today the world’s first suite of LTE Advanced (LTE-A) routing platforms for branch and in-vehicle networks. As carriers are introducing Category 6 LTE-A technology into their networks to increase bandwidth speeds and coverage, Cradlepoint is the first to empower businesses to leverage these capabilities with an enterprise-grade WAN solution. Cradlepoint has already set the standard for connecting enterprise networks with LTE to more easily and reliably complement, augment, and extend their existing primary networks. By integrating LTE-A capabilities into its solution portfolio, it is supporting even faster connections and better coverage so its customers can do more and wire less.

“LTE Advanced is an important step forward for enterprises that require flexible untethered last-mile access. The addition of carrier aggregation boosts the amount of bandwidth available to critical applications deployed in locations that require wireless access. Other advances, such as support for multiple-input, multiple-out (MIMO) antennas and higher order modulation, help ensure solid performance even at the edge of a mobile operator’s cell,” said Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst, mobile infrastructure at 451 Research. “For enterprises requiring agile and effective connections to supplement wired network access or tackle coverage in areas lacking wired access, LTE Advanced provides an industrial-grade wireless access alternative that delivers benefits of high-speed, ubiquity, and scale. With the growth of remote cloud access, IoT, and increasingly mobile employees, LTE Advanced becomes fundamental for the new connected organization.”

“Mobility demands continue to rise across the enterprise, from connecting body and dash cameras in police cruisers, to securing tablet-based POS networks in neighborhood retail shops. LTE is the connectivity choice for many enterprises to support these data-rich applications because it is reliable, flexible, and easy to manage,” said Ian Pennell, CMO at Cradlepoint. “Cradlepoint helps enterprises cut wires and unleash new opportunities because we are connecting people, places, and things that traditional wired networks cannot. LTE Advanced is the next stage in our ability to support sophisticated networks at the edge, and make constant connectivity easy.”

Cradlepoint’s LTE-A modems will be embedded in Cradlepoint’s AER series of edge routing solutions, ARC series of failover and Out of Band Management solutions, and in the COR IBR1100 ruggedized mobile network solution. The new platforms, in concert with new firmware and Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) features, enhance Cradlepoint’s solutions for enterprise edge networks like retail, food & beverage, and branch office verticals, and transportation or in-vehicle networks like police and emergency responders, mass transit, mobile healthcare, and commercial fleets.

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Source: Cradlepoint