Wireless LTE Access is a relative new option for enterprises to connect their branches and sites to the corporate WAN. So how does it compare to established access technologies such as wired access and Satellite? Have a look at below 4 aspects to see how LTE stacks up:
LTE networks are continuously expanding and in coverage is now well beyond where cables can reach. However, to reach uninhabited locations or have connectivity at open sea, VSAT can still provide more coverage.
Due to the setup of LTE networks and the built-in resiliency with multiple cell-towers serving a location, service availability is now equal or better than broadband connections and LTE is generally not affected by weather as Satellite is.
Speeds of LTE networks are increasing and comfortably reach 50Mbps in most metro locations, and often much faster. But reality is that unlike you are streaming video or gaming, most business branches don't require ultra-high speed.
This is where LTE access really shines. Installation time is zero and setup is a breeze. No waiting, no wiring, no cabling. No dishes to install, IT staff to hire or licenses to obtain. Immediate connectivity and change anytime.
So across the board, LTE access has established itself as a strong alternative, especially compared to legacy services such as DSL which are disappearing fast. And in addition, LTE access is much cheaper for remote locations or backup uses compared to wired solutions or satellite.