Leading provider of cloud-based wired and wireless WAN networking solutions, Cradlepoint, has released a report highlighting the transformational journey of LTE adoption, including perspectives on how LTE is helping IT to overcome WAN challenges.
Businesses today, in all types of industries, are rapidly striving to adopt technologies such as cloud, mobile and the Internet of Things to revolutionise business processes. A such, Cradlepoint state that businesses and organisations, of all sizes, now need to extend their networks to more people, places and things than ever before, and these expanding technologies are creating WAN challenges for IT teams.
The report from Cradlepoint, “The Next-Generation Enterprise WAN: Connecting People, Places & Things”, surveys over a hundred enterprise IT decision-makers in North America and found the following to be the top-cited WAN connectivity challenges they were facing:
To combat these issues, organisations have begun to adopt LTE to complement, augment, extend, and in some cases even replace traditional networks:
- 60% of IT pros surveyed are already using LTE as WAN connectivity solution
- 30% of IT pros said cost and bandwidth limitations were key factors in WAN connectivity challenges
- 50% agreed that increased flexibility/agility gives LTE an advantage over traditional wired networks
LTE in Action
The report highlighted some of the leading 4G LTE use case applications that businesses were currently adopting. 76% have adopted LTE for branch network connections, such as Fuzzy’s Tacos; it allowed them to enjoy 99.9% uptime, simplify PCI compliance processes and streamline management processes.
71% of businesses identified the benefits of a failover solution. For example, David’s Bridal implemented an LTE failover solution for its 300 plus stores across the US, Canada, UK and Puerto Rico. It enables reliable failover wireless connectivity and can be managed remotely from a central location.
72% stated that they were using LTE for in-vehicle applications. By installing an LTE router, it allows passengers to connect securely to the Internet on the move. This is currently deployed in the Coachella Valley Unified School District, for example, allowing students to keep connected during their commutes.
In some circumstances, a wired connection is not possible and the report found that 70% of businesses are already using LTE connectivity as an alternative in these cases. The City of San Antonio, for instance, turned to LTE to upgrade its traffic management system. They installed LTE routers in 700 traffic cabinets, allowing the rest of the city’s intersections to have wireless access points connected to the same network.
Other findings in the report showed that businesses are also already leveraging 4G LTE for the following applications:
- 73% of businesses are using LTE connectivity for digital signage
- 59% are deploying LTE for M2M/IoT applications
- 56% of organisations are using LTE to create a parallel network to keep guest / third party and corporate traffic separate
- 52% of businesses are using LTE connectivity for out-of-band management
It’s clear by looking at these figures from Cradlepoint that a huge technological shift is well and truly underway. By moving forward with LTE to connect these new technologies, businesses and organisations can truly reap in the benefits of a connected enterprise.
Download the full report here.