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Private LTE and 5G
In large areas where organizations have essential connected devices and applications, wireless connectivity is a challenge. Wi-Fi isn’t secure enough and doesn’t scale well, but public LTE might not provide the dedicated bandwidth or cost-effectiveness you need. Private Cellular Networks (PCNs), including Private LTE and Private 5G, have emerged as the best option for wireless networking in sprawling spaces ranging from campuses, shipping ports, and refineries to Smart Cities. In these “wide-area LAN” scenarios, private cellular combines the control and fixed costs of a private network with the flexibility, security, and macro-network benefits of cellular broadband — with a built-in pathway to Private 5G.
Private Cellular for Enterprise and Public Sector
- School districts
- Shipping ports
- Smart Cities
- Oil and gas
- Distribution centers
- Business and college campuses
How Private LTE and 5G work
An organization can control its own Private Cellular Network by deploying localized micro towers and small cells — similar to access points. It’s like a scaled-down version of a public cellular network, except the organization controls security and Quality of Service with no recurring payments to carriers. Private LTE and 5G networks leverage either licensed spectrum; unlicensed spectrum; or shared spectrum, such as Citizens Broadband Radio Service, or CBRS.
Private Cellular Spectrum Options
Carriers can license their spectrum to an end-user organization or third party, or they can build and operate a Private LTE or 5G network as a service.
End-user organizations can operate Private LTE and 5G networks using spectrum that is lightly licensed but shared (Example: CBRS, 3.5 GHz).
End-user organizations or carriers can operate a Private Cellular Network in unlicensed spectrum, such as the UNII-3 band used for Wi-Fi (Example: MulteFire). Carriers also can use this spectrum with carrier aggregation to expand their bandwidth (Example: LTE-U, LAA).
Cradlepoint is an active member of the OnGo CBRS Alliance
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