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March 01

The Business Case for LTE

During a panel discussion here at Mobile World Congress, representatives from AT&T, Ericsson and Deutsche Telecom found themselves discussing the enterprise incentives for 4G LTE and some of its essential features that will lead to 5G.

One point that came up is something we’re often asked about at Zinwave: why should enterprises turn to a DAS in-building wireless cellular solution instead of Wi-Fi?

It’s a fair question to ask, but as we delve into the details, it becomes apparent that cellular technology offers several advantages.

The physics of the two wireless technologies are such that DAS can provide a more robust connection, which is essential when so many business functions are dependent on network access. This will be especially true as carriers upgrade their 4G LTE networks over the next decade, making cellular wireless a better option for latency and control.

That’s why many experts, including those on the panel, are predicting that cellular will eventually replace Wi-Fi as the connection of choice in the enterprise. As with all investments, enterprises need to look to the future to ensure they’re not spending on technology that will soon be outdated. If the biggest exhibitors at Mobile World Congress are indicators, it’s looking likely that 5G, with the advances in capacity and latency that it promises to bring, is getting set to swallow Wi-Fi in the future.

Of course, anyone looking at bringing cellular connectivity to their business needs to be sure the hardware they use is ready for 4G LTE and 5G. Zinwave’s patented wideband DAS is ideal for businesses that don’t want to reinvest in new technology with network upgrades rollout. With the ability to use a single hardware layer to cover all common cellular frequencies, plus the higher frequency 3.5-6MHz frequencies that will be essential for upcoming 5G networks, Zinwave is the only DAS provider that is ready for the future of 4G LTE and 5G.

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