We’ve witnessed 4G LTE transform business models, companies, and entire industries. By comparison, 5G is in a league of its own. Consumers see 5G as a faster smartphone or internet broadband experience. However, businesses view 5G as a game-changing technology that can help streamline operations while driving new revenue streams.
Historically, networks require tradeoffs between flexibility and performance. Wireless connections offer tremendous flexibility but can't match the performance of fiber links. 5G eliminates this tradeoff, providing fiber-fast connections with wireless flexibility to rev up existing applications while enabling new innovative and immersive ones.
Available today in Australia on Telstra’s network, the 5G Wideband Adapters are coming to a market near you with support of all 5G bands and flexible deployment options.
Today’s 5G standard has a few implementation options, some wet paint, and several gaps. To ensure a superior enterprise experience, Cradlepoint works closely with major carriers to test and tune its solutions to their 5G networks.
Cradlepoint 5G Wideband Adapters utilize the latest 5G chipset technology with LTE/Gigabit-Class LTE fallback built-in. Since both modems are always connected, loss of the 5G signal doesn’t mean loss of the connection.
The first Cradlepoint 5G solution to ship will be the W2000 Wideband Adapter, which supports low-to-mid-band 5G (Sub-6). We announced a future W4000 model designed to support high-band 5G (mmWave).
Our new 5G Wideband Adapters will come in two forms: an indoor unit (IDU) and outdoor unit (ODU). With these two forms, we can functionally support everything from LTE-like low-band to line-of-sight millimeter wave.
The 5G Wideband Adapter is designed to work with any third-party router. When paired with a Cradlepoint 5G-capable router, customers get a fully integrated lifecycle management experience and optimized performance.
The world’s first 5G for business solution is now available in Australia and coming to a market near you. At the center of the solution, Cradlepoint 5G Wideband Adapters combine NetCloud Service capabilities with a clean-sheet-of-paper design that address enterprise requirements and the nuances of 5G with the simplicity that you expect from Cradlepoint.
Unlike prior cellular generations, 5G is made up of a collection of enhanced technologies, new spectrum, and advanced infrastructure. Although all these elements work together, they will roll out in different ways and at different times. 5G is more of a pathway than an event.
As a result, many organizations will wait until all the elements are completely rolled out and mature before beginning to take advantage. However, they may regret that decisions in a few years, as their competitors rapidly roll out new technologies and applications and gain significant advantages.
Organizations that require high availability should consider Gigabit-Class LTE failover for small to medium sites. Or, if available, consider 5G for failover at medium to large sites. This step helps build the Wireless WAN expertise that is necessary to use wireless as an active link or to go all wireless.
Businesses and organizations that require greater bandwidth and WAN link diversity should consider using Gigabit-Class LTE (or 5G if available) as an active link. As organizations gain greater confidence in Wireless WANs, they can consider cutting the cord entirely.
In many cases, Gigabit-Class LTE delivers the fast speeds and low latency necessary for organizations to use wireless for their primary and backup links. However, when 5G is available, it will rival fiber speeds while providing tremendous flexibility and operational simplicity.
The Pathway to 5G has two lanes: 5G and Gigabit-Class LTE. Gigabit-Class LTE is an important element on the Pathway to 5G. Not only will it share a dual connection with 5G, but it is a significant performance improvement over 4G LTE. Because of this and the fact that it is rolling out faster than 5G, Gigabit-Class LTE will be the starting lane on the Pathway to 5G for a lot of organizations.
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