What is the potential of a Private LTE network?

We all know about the public LTE network, Private LTE network is closely related to the public LTE network. Both have the same user experiences; however, Private LTE networks cover relatively small areas compared to public LTE networks.

The data held by the Private LTE network remains in the premises for the enterprise that needs low latency and a high level of data security. 

What is a Private LTE network?

Private LTE networks are those networks that can be deployed and managed by the enterprise. This network is independent of any carrier. You can even refer to LTE as a spectrum that walks between a licensed and unlicensed spectrum for the connectivity. Currently, this network has access to a Privacy Access license or General Authorized Access. However, experts are predicting that LTE networks will have access to both someday soon.

In the Private LTE network, radio waves propagate back and forth, carrying several signals. This technology uses small cells for connectivity. 

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The Building blocks of the Private LTE network

Private LTE networks are custom-designed for specific use cases. Every Private LTE network is different from other private LTE networks. However, two elements stand common.

  • LTE small cells

Devices that work on private LTE networks require a local base station to ensure their connectivity. These stations are called small cells. Private LTE networks use evolved nodeBs to secure their connectivity.

  • Evolved Packet Core (EPC)

The EPC is the network system that supports the LTE technology. In Private LTE networks, EPC cab is located in the on-premises servers. 

With Small cells and EPC involved, you can reduce the restriction on the spectrum. This can help you to boost the network coverage regardless of where you are. With this technology, you have the option to set a cellular network that can act like a third party network provider or an internal system.

Probably, to achieve that goal, you need servers. However, the tola project’s cost will be no more than the cost of wide-scale Wi-Fi development.

Future of the Private LTE

There are technically infinite ways in which you can deploy an LTE network. However, when it comes down to practicality, these four coke close.

  • Rural areas: With the LTE technology, rural areas can also access the local area network.
  • High Traffic: There are platforms that crash with high traffic. However, with the help of the LTE network, platforms can be supported with the necessary bandwidth.
  • Internet of Things: Enterprise can be able to secure their devices with the private LTE network.
  • Privacy: Securing online data has always been a major issue. However, with the private LTE network, confidential data can be stored on-premises securely.

How does Private LTE affect The IoT?

The concept of the Internet of Things comes from a network connecting every electronic device. Put it simply, every device that we see around ourselves will be linked to each other and with you via smartphone. Though this concept is half-proven, this dream seems to be coming true with the LTE network in the frame.

Private LTE network can form a local network to connect all the devices with the public cellular network. That means, if you want all your 300 security cameras to connect, you can use Private LTE to make that happen.

Why haven’t we seen more Private LTE networks?

The exciting concept of connecting every possible device has created a massive wave in the wireless community and industry. Some are accepting the changes, while others have negative views. Licensed owners want to maintain their control over their spectrum, and the carriers are worrying about the disruption that Private LTE can bring for the public LTE network.

Despite having almost half of the community against the concept of private LTE, there is a general trend of moving forward with private LTE. Understandably, people find it difficult to pass on the opportunity to have improved security and connectivity boost.

Conclusion

With the current technology, private LTE is the only network that can provide long-term wireless connectivity solutions. With that being said, now is a great time to explore all the private LTE network’s possibilities and how it can improve the currency coverage system and property safety.

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