4G LTE is both more commonplace and faster than ever before, which is big news for cellular out of band management adopters.
Two recently released reports show that 4G LTE network connectivity is now both more commonplace and faster than in the past, which bodes well for companies using cellular out of band management solutions as it ensures that their remote site management strategy remains more robust than ever.
One key report, from industry trade group 4G Americas, showed that as of June 19, 300 networks operating in more than 100 countries were providing LTE access, which is up approximately 44 percent from last year's LTE network penetration. This figure is expected to only keep rising too, with 4G Americas predicting that around 350 networks will provide LTE connectivity by the end of 2014. In addition, nine network providers are already using LTE-Advanced technology, and that will likely become far more pervasive in the months and years ahead as well.
Not only is LTE becoming more prevalent, but many of these connections are now faster than before. A recent study spearheaded by PC Magazine that the average download speed offered by the four biggest cellular network providers in the United States - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon - was around 13.77 Mbps. In comparison, a February 2014 report from OpenSignal showed that the average download speed offered by LTE in the U.S. was 6.5 Mbps. Even T-Mobile's 3G network is faster than that now - PCMag reported its average at 8.6 Mbps - showing just how quickly cellular wireless networks are expanding and improving.
"Mobile networks are constantly changing, and almost always for the better," PCMag's Sascha Segan wrote.
What LTE's expansion means for out of band management
As 4G LTE networks expand to new corners of the globe and become more robust, the benefits of cellular out of band management solutions versus ones based on dial-up modems becomes even more pronounced than before. By adopting out of band management solutions from Opengear like the IM7200, organizations now never have to worry that their remote site is too remote for out of band to be effective, as the reach of 4G LTE is expanding to cover so much of the globe.
In addition, with LTE speeds increasing on such a consistent basis, tasks that used to take hours or days to complete with dial-up connections can now happen in minutes or even seconds. LTE is more robust now than ever before and shows no signs of degradation, and this is huge for the present and future of cellular out of band management and what it can facilitate for businesses everywhere.
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