Cradlepoint, the software-defined 4G LTE network solutions provider for enterprises, has unveiled a suite of LTE Advanced (LTE-A) routing platforms for branch and in-vehicle networks.
As operators are introducing Category 6 LTE-A technology into their networks to increase bandwidth speeds and coverage, Cradlepoint claims to be the first to empower businesses to leverage these capabilities with an enterprise-grade WAN solution.
Cradlepoint believes it 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.
Cradlepoint’s LTE-A modems will be available in Cradlepoint’s AER series of edge routing solutions, ARC series of failover and Out-of-Band Management solutions, and as a second modem in the COR IBR1100 ruggedised mobile network solution.
The new platforms together with new firmware and Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) features, enhance Cradlepoint’s solutions for enterprise edge networks such as retail, food and beverage, branch offices and transportation or in-vehicle networks such as police and emergency vehicles, public transport, mobile healthcare and commercial vehicle fleets.
Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst, mobile infrastructure at 451 Research, commented: “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.”
Ian Pennell, CMO at Cradlepoint, said: "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 organisation.”
“Mobility demands continue to rise across the enterprise, from connecting body and dash board cameras in police vehicles, to securing tablet-based POS networks in neighbourhood 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.
“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,” said Pennell.
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