Cradlepoint claims "world first" with LTE Advanced routing platform for enterprise
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

Cradlepoint, a company focusing on software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, has claimed to have created the world’s first suite of LTE Advanced (LTE-A) routing platforms for branch and in-vehicle networks.

The LTE-A modems will be included in Cradlepoint’s portfolio of AER series of edge routing, ARC series of failover and Out-of-Band Management and as a second modem in the COR IBR1100 ruggedised mobile network.

The new platforms together with new firmware and Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) features are expected to be utilised in enterprise edge networks for retail, food and beverage, branch offices and transportation. It is also designed for in-vehicle networks such as police and emergency vehicles, public transport, mobile healthcare and commercial vehicle fleets.

“LTE Advanced is an important step forward for enterprises that require flexible untethered last-mile access,” explained said Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst, mobile infrastructure at 451 Research. “The addition of carrier aggregation boosts the amount of bandwidth available to critical applications deployed in locations that require wireless access. Other advances, such as support for multiple-input, multiple-out (MIMO) antennas and higher order modulation, help ensure solid performance even at the edge of a mobile operator's cell. For enterprises requiring agile and effective connections to supplement wired network access or tackle coverage in areas lacking wired access, LTE Advanced provides an industrial-grade wireless access alternative that delivers benefits of high-speed, ubiquity and scale. With the growth of remote cloud access, IoT, and increasingly mobile employees, LTE Advanced becomes fundamental for the new connected organisation.”

“Mobility demands continue to rise across the enterprise, from connecting body and dash board cameras in police vehicles, to securing tablet-based POS networks in neighbourhood retail shops,” said Ian Pennell, CMO at Cradlepoint. “LTE is the connectivity choice for many enterprises to support these data-rich applications because it is reliable, flexible, and easy to manage. Cradlepoint helps enterprises cut wires and unleash new opportunities because we are connecting people, places and things that traditional wired networks cannot. LTE Advanced is the next stage in our ability to support sophisticated networks at the edge and make constant connectivity easy.”

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