Imagine a future where every company is able to set up its own high-performance mobile network with its own highly protective security system. A future that enables almost every machine to be connected to ubiquitous, high-speed and ironclad networks to empower a new world of real-time experiences. A future that allows cars to safely drive themselves, buildings to regulate their electrical and water systems, and doctors to monitor patients’ vital signs and make diagnoses remotely in real time. This is the promise of private LTE in providing a framework for 5G and its new era of connectivity, and it’s a promise that Syniverse has recently made some solid progress in bringing to fruition.
Earlier this year our Syniverse Innovation Lab took a major step forward in its short history by teaming with Ruckus Networks and Federated Wireless to develop a private, high-speed and highly secure wireless network right here at Syniverse’s headquarters in Tampa. The network brings together the speed of the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile standard with the versatility of the newly opened U.S. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.
The result is a new era in connectivity that we see as enabling communication service providers like mobile and cable operators as well as other companies like consumer retailers and venue operators to set up their own private LTE networks. The benefits include easier deployment, superior coverage, higher-quality user experience, and greater security, among several others. Crucially, private LTE will open the door to CBRS trials for smart city and industrial internet of things (IoT) applications. And just as if not more importantly, private LTE provides a framework that will offer a stepping-stone for 5G.
Through the Innovation Lab, Syniverse has been right in the middle of planning, building, and deploying the private LTE network at our headquarters, and we’ve had a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards involved in the process for setting up this network of the future. To take one more step toward advancing this future, we’ve just put together our major lessons learned in a new white paper that we invite you to download here:
The paper is a first of a new series from our Innovation Lab that we plan to build on with lessons learned and best practices we develop from other new technology deployments. We hope you find this first paper on private LTE useful and stay tuned for more insights soon.
With the growth of the IoT and a heightened need for higher network security, we’ll soon see a new era of connectivity with new demands for high-speed, high-capacity networks. Private LTE, and, soon, 5G, will play a crucial part in enabling this era, and one we look forward to helping realize.
Richard Hodges is Director, Innovation Lab, and works at Syniverse’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida.