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When does your enterprise need an LTE router?

By Max Burkhalter
July 1, 2021

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and it's today's most common mobile communication standard. More than 3 out of 5 mobile users have 4G LTE, according to Thales Group, and now that 5G has arrived, mobile data can be transferred over at higher speeds and in larger amounts than ever before possible.

Advanced LTE routers or gateways make it possible to provide primary and permanent internet connectivity at extremely high speeds, while acting as an edge WAN device for enterprises. In situations where wireless isn't an option or doesn't provide reliability and stability, LTE routers can deliver both. Here's why your enterprise might need to consider a LTE router or gateway installation. 

According to Gartner, "WAN edge infrastructure enables network connectivity from distributed enterprise locations to access resources in both private and public data centers as well as cloud (as a service)." By implementing enterprise-class edge cellular routers and gateways, you can drive business transformation and increase communication effectiveness within your enterprise.

As public wireless connectivity proliferated, it seemed like Ethernet LAN (Local Area Networks) and WAN (Wide Area Networks) could slowly become a thing of the past. Now, combination wireless and Ethernet LTE routers and gateways are promoting a resurgence in highly secure LAN and WAN connectivity, and allowing enterprises to maintain their communications infrastructure with forwards and backwards compatibility.

LTE connection speeds make it easy to connect enterprise branch offices. Retail, health care, food or financial sectors can implement the convenience of an LTE router temporarily for Internet connectivity if there is a time sensitivity issue related to network activation. Install lead times can often be as long as several months, and being able to leverage same-day access via an LTE router with a built-in firewall, traffic management capabilities, and quality of service (QoS) can permit scenarios such as a pre-launch event or a pop-up site to go off without a hitch.

Portable or fixed kiosks with a lack of wired Internet connectivity can also benefit from provisioning an LTE router for a stable, secure connection to the cloud and any necessary business backend systems. Vehicles can also be hooked in to LAN or WAN; consider a food truck, a fleet of delivery vehicles, or a collection of drones that need to be tracked: with Internet connectivity provided by LTE routers, any systems or applications that need to be run can be kept online, including security cameras, locators, or telemetry data. Mass transit systems can use LTE to provide passengers with Wi-Fi Internet connectivity.

LTE routers and gateways can also be utilized with IoT (Internet of Things) devices, or Machine to Machine (M2M) applications. Using LTE can reduce connectivity costs, increase connectivity speed, and allow for the transfer of vast amounts of data from device to a centralized location, or processing if data at the edge.  An LTE modem may also be used to provide a failover network, instead of being used as the primary network. Advanced LTE routers can support wired WAN, or combine two or more LTE connections to create networks with automated 4G automated failover. Any deployment requiring a physically segregated or secondary network can also benefit from LTE router placement and integration. 

Perle provides a full range of LTE Routers which can be leveraged to bring distributed sites online quickly, connect locations and networks seamlessly, minimize downtime costs by providing failover options, and improve security by offering a segregated network option. Explore our IRG LTE Routers, which are certified for operation on 3G, 4G, and 5G LTE bands internationally.  


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