Over the past few years, LTE networks have garnered plenty of hype. Several major cellular and cable providers have either rolled out or are currently experimenting with broadband connections via LTE networks, promising faster speeds at lower prices. However, LTE networks are not an ideal choice for businesses that rely on robust and reliable broadband connections.
LTE Limitations Explained
Unlike business-grade services such as fiber optic connections or fixed wireless broadband, LTE features a number of limitations that make it less attractive as an alternative to business broadband solutions.
Bandwidth limitations – LTE is a mobile technology that operates under a limited wireless spectrum, making it difficult to maintain the ideal network speeds and capacity that many businesses need. Network speeds and capacity can also degrade as distance increases from the cell site.
In a recent study, a major telecommunications company tested its LTE network technology and found that while it delivered fast peak speeds close to the cell site, users suffered noticeable decreases in both bandwidth and speed at the outer fringes.
Latency limitations – VoIP, video conferencing and cloud computing applications rely on low latency networks to deliver excellent data quality and voice clarity. Low latency is supposed to be a key feature of the LTE spec, but a recent test of a LTE network in Houston, TX found higher-than-average latency measurements.
Capacity limitations with load increases – As the amount of network traffic on an LTE network increases, so does the amount of congestion on the network. Increased network congestion can cause capacity issues that in turn create increased latency and packet loss. Businesses in need of robust and reliable networks may find LTE less than adequate in this regard.
A Better Business Broadband Alternative?
Considering capacity issues, latency and bandwidth limitations faced by LTE networks, these cellular networks have proven less than ideal for businesses in need of robust broadband for mission critical business applications.
Skyriver offers a promising alternative in the form of its fixed wireless technology. Fixed wireless is not a mobile technology. Instead it is a proven technology that is readily accessible, offers seamless connectivity, and is on par with the best fiber networks. In situations where robust connectivity and bandwidth are top priorities, businesses should weigh the advantages of a business grade broadband alternative such as fixed wireless before considering LTE.
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