Telecom Trends to Watch: The Rise of Private LTE

Tom Marciano, Chief Growth Officer
February 22, 2021

As we are planning for the future for inRange and our client partners, we’ve been reflecting on the trends in telecommunications and technology that developed over the last year and what they mean for growth. One of the six trends we’ve seen come to light in 2020 are private networks: Private LTE networks are on the rise and the FCC is backing that push.

While carriers are building large, nation-wide networks, they (and many other companies) are also focused on businesses that have a different need: smaller, Private LTE networks. The healthcare and education sectors are now recognizing that they can no longer rely on one carrier or WiFi network to handle their ever-changing needs. The biggest roadblocks come with speed and ease of use; there are long delays when the amount of users is too high, issues with in-building coverage, and a lack of ability to seamlessly hand-off connectivity beyond a specific area or access point. This has driven companies to search for dependable wireless solutions outside their typical carrier plans.

The solution? Private LTE. The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band (the United States’  spectrum option for Private LTE ) allows organizations to create their own private networks to offer a faster, smoother, more seamless wireless experience across larger locations, like a university campus or a large hospital. With support from the FCC, the creation of private networks is on the rise and healthcare and education are just the beginning. These types of networks have massive growth potential in industries like manufacturing, construction, and others looking to create fast and seamless wireless communications for greater efficiency and faster production. 

Planning for the future? Let our team of telecom professionals help. Let’s connect to talk about what’s on the horizon for your business.

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