Demystifying the role of LTE
When it comes to LTE, a connectivity choice that’s been perceived to be mainly for emerging, high-bandwidth M2M – and impractical for traditional applications – the landscape has changed. KORE has always advocated that customers choose the best network for the job, and today’s LTE is more a matter of pure pragmatism for anyone relying on M2M to handle any aspect of their business. Here’s why.
There are five parameters that always go into our counsel around network selection:
- Spectrum requirements
- Cost of devices
- Recurring cost of airtime
- Latency and throughput needs
The first is easy. Just about anyone using M2M will tell you their application requires the broadest, most ubiquitous coverage, so there’s no place for a device to hide.
The question of spectrum, while related, is subtly different. Will devices regularly be located in areas where the network will need to pierce through multiple layers of building infrastructure?
The third is upfront cost of devices, a self-explanatory factor;
and fourth is the recurring cost of airtime over the entire in-use period for the device. Will it reside in an electricity meter for ten years, or in a leased auto for only two or three years?
Fifth, we have an area that hasn’t come up until relatively recently: Are you using your M2M application to transmit rich content, where it needs to be carried by a network with low latency and high throughput capabilities?
So we’ve got coverage, service availability, upfront cost of devices, in-service airtime costs and bandwidth requirement, all feeding the total cost of ownership. But here’s the kicker. None of that even matters if there’s not a network to attach to.
There is no mystery with LTE. 2G is already being phased out, and all 3G networks will be dead by the end of this decade. If you intend to be in business past 2020, you must be drawing up your LTE plan now. The good news is, LTE not a single stream option; it is designed to accommodate different needs, at difference price points.
In upcoming posts, we will explore in detail how LTE planning can take shape across a wide variety of application sets. For more information in the meantime, please be sure to visit the KORE LTE micro-site CLICK HERE, which is our multi-media repository for all things LTE.