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Top 4 Options for Migrating to LTE for M2M & IoT
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LTE may have started out as a cost-prohibitive option for M2M, but now its standardization
and adoption by more than 650 carriers around the world has driven costs down rapidly.
If you’re not yet thinking of LTE, you’re not alone. Many organizations utilizing 2G and 3G
networks for M2M are only in the exploratory phase of developing their upgrade paths.
But time is tight; Say 2G sunsetting is just months away with some networks.
It is important to keep in mind that there’s a reason some networks are sunsetting 2G
Over the past three to four years, applications as a whole have been getting richer.
Human nature drives us to richer content. 2G, when it goes dark, will have been in service
for 20-plus years. That’s a long lifecycle in technology. 3G networks, in contrast, will
likely have had the shortest life-term of any technology in our industry, when all is said
LTE is the one fundamental network that combines coverage, IP end-to-end, and in-
building with subterranean accessibility. While LTE might have started out as a cost-
prohibitive option for M2M, its standardization and adoption by more than 650 carriers
around the world has driven costs down rapidly. The LTE networks -- as we know them
today – have become the networks that go the distance for the customer.
Data-rich applications need LTE now. For the less rich applications, businesses have
choices. Our stance is: If you intend to be running a business five years from now, you had
better get on the LTE bandwagon. You could defer the time at which you commence that
development, but you’re going to have to do it.
THE LTE DECISION-TREE
When you think about your M2M strategy, there are several migration choices that can move your
operations from 2G to LTE, based on your timing and bottom-line needs:
1) Straight to LTE: This option may incur up-front capital outlays, but such a “big bang”
approach gets your M2M application tapping the possibilities of LTE immediately
and also enjoying the benefits of less airtime because of LTE’s significantly faster
data speeds that will only get faster.
2) 2G to LTE: Organizations using 2G modules are in the best position to move to LTE,
because they will enjoy the greatest network speed bumps, airtime savings offsets
and avoid the double-jump from 2G to 3G to LTE compatible modules.
3) 3G to LTE: Saving airtime and future-proofing your business is why organizations
using 3G for M2M should make the transition now. The benefits of waiting could
include lower-cost LTE modules in the future – but paying more for slower-speed 3G
networks until making the LTE switch.
DEFER THE LTE DECISION
4) 2G GSM: Some organizations may want to remain on 2G for any number of
reasons. 1 network has extended its 2G network for M2M/IoT applications, so if an
organization is in an area that covers this, it can be a reasonable option.
LTE technology opens up countless
possibilities to exploit the potential
of M2M/IoT – Are you ready?
LTE is the Future of M2M/IoT but as with any new technology there comes many questions
and misperceptions, such as:
Myth: LTE devices for M2M/IoT won’t be ready for several more years
Truth: There are many categories of LTE, the most recent release is CAT-1 which has
lower power requirements and complexity making it more appealing for M2M/IoT
Myth: LTE CAT-1 devices aren’t readily available and are too expensive
Truth: CAT-1 devices began hitting the market in 2015 and are growing quickly. As with
any new product introduction, prices drop quickly and the long life span offered by LTE
will more than pay for itself in long term savings.
Myth: LTE CAT-1 devices are still too robust for the needs of most M2M applications
Truth: One of the main advantages of LTE is the flexibility of the technology that leads to
more innovation. Rather than just serve as a technology swap for 2G, LTE and specifically
CAT-1 provides more options for developers to add new features and benefits.
KORE Wireless - Contact us today
1300 00 5673
Begin planning now for your LTE/4G network move
Contact KORE Wireless to learn more about your options.
1300 00 5673 or APACsales@korewireless.com
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