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What's your pathway to 5G?

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.

5G for Business is Here

Network operators across the globe are rolling out 5G in one form or another. The world’s first 5G Wideband Adapter is now for sale in Australia, and operators in other countries are currently testing the solution for their market.

The diagram below is a graphical representation of network operator rollouts. As indicated, the Gigabit-Class LTE rollout began first and is being followed by 5G. Due to new infrastructure requirements and greater densification, the Sub-6 and mmWave 5G deployments will take several years. 2G and 3G will be phased out, and the spectrum will be re-farmed to 5G.

  • Note: Estimated global averages
  • Source: Cradlepoint Strategy Group 2019

What is the Pathway to 5G for Businesses and Agencies?

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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Wireless Failover

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.

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Bandwidth Augmentation (hybrid)

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.

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Primary Wireless

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.

Your pathway to 5G starts today

There are many ways to enter the pathway to 5G, all of which can help mitigate your business risk today and propel your organization into a technology leadership position for tomorrow.

Gigabit-Class LTE

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5G Technology

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5G Adapters

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NetCloud Service for 5G

Designed for branches that require the flexibility of wireless and the performance of 5G, the Cradlepoint W-Series 5G Wideband Adapters paired with a Cradlepoint E3000 5G-optimized branch router usher in a new era of wide-area networking.

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