Everyone's Blog in 4G LTE

Use of Cradlepoint by Transportation Organizations Surges

Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Manager has proven itself to be a really good way to manage network connectivity for small-footprint distributed enterprises. Now transportation-related organizations like emergency services, police, shipping, metropolitan buses, school buses, taxis, and commercial fleets are discovering the benefits of NCM as well. One of the main reasons why is because NetCloud Manager makes the deployment, management, and monitoring of vehicle fleets very easy.

Cradlepoint Brings Agile, Competitive Networking Solutions to Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Cradlepoint has watched with great interest as network operators’ deployments of 4G-LTE infrastructure have been gaining momentum in EMEA. Over the last several years, this momentum has resulted in savvy EMEA partners and customers contacting Cradlepoint’s USA operations for help in bringing the advantages of 4G-LTE networking solutions to the EMEA market.

2+ Modems are Better than One

In my previous blog post (link to “The Quest for Five 9s Making For Strange Bedfellows”), I mentioned how many of our enterprise customers are now achieving continuous (AKA “Five 9s” or 99.999%) network connectivity with wireless alone. In most cases, they do it by using two cell carriers per branch location. (If Carrier A’s network goes down, the routing device switches to Carrier B until Carrier A comes back online).

Mergers and Acquisitions: The Continuing Saga

As I noted in a November 2013 blog post (Is LTE the Winner? Follow the Money), the wireless carrier industry continues to be “engaged in a kind of horse race to see who would be first to offer the best, broadest, and most powerful LTE network.”

The most recent twist in the race concerns the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. As of August 6th, 2014 Sprint announced they were calling it off and long-time CEO Dan Hesse has been replaced. In the realm of LTE giants, these two companies rank well below both Verizon and AT&T with respect to numbers of subscribers. (There are other measurement criteria, which I’ll discuss in a later post.) Combined, however, the new company would have been on more equal footing—with about 100 million subscribers versus the other two companies’ 110-120 million. With less than half the subscribers of either AT&T or Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile lag their larger competitors in LTE network build-outs and the main rationale for the merger was to gain parity with their larger competitors.

How Do You Guarantee Network Performance and Security at the Edge?

Let's face it. For distributed enterprises, establishing and maintaining fast and secure networks at the edge is no easy task, especially in a world where hackers are more sophisticated than ever, and greater demands are being placed on the network for high performance and bandwidth. Today's branch locations process highly sensitive data but don't have onsite IT to perform hands on system monitoring to watch for attacks or connectivty outages. ......

4G Creates a Firm Foundation for a Secure and Agile Network

Common among today’s business leaders is the topic of agility and the need to stay ahead of the competition. But naturally, as the conversation moves from C-level executives to the ones responsible for implementing so called “agility” the conversation shifts. It shifts from discussing the benefits that include cost savings, greater return on investment and greater efficiencies to the challenges of bringing those benefits to fruition. Regardless of market sector, the challenges typically relate back to the foundational technology, its ability to adapt, and for today’s IT professional, a myriad of security concerns.