What LTE speed do you need?

Digi International Digi International
November 09, 2017
By now most of us have gotten pretty familiar with 3G and 4G/LTE connections, but what about the next step in Long Term Evolution: LTE Advanced? With yet another option how do you decide if you need LTE or LTE Advanced? And what devices are supported for primary/failover applications with LTE-A?
A good first step would be to determine your speed requirements. With 4G/LTE speeds average about 5-12 Mbps, so that makes 4G/LTE about 10 times faster than 3G. And with LTE Advanced you can expect real-world speeds up to 2-3 times faster than traditional LTE. Carrier speed isnt the only noteworthy improvement. You will also see benefits from carrier aggregation (further increasing your speed) and network improvements in reliability and QoS.
Next, youll need to double check that your city supports LTE Advanced. If they do, its time to pick out a device. If they dont, its not the end of the world. LTE is still adequate for most applications and LTE Advanced continues to roll out across the country.
When selecting a device, especially in todays world of rapidly improving technology, modular components can effectively future-proof your network infrastructure and will help mitigate technological obsolescence by allowing customers to upgrade to newer LTE standards without replacing their Accelerated router. This saves costs and resources for your business.
Accelerated’s family of CORE 1002-CM modems allows customers to select the cellular connection that best meets their speed, budget, fallback-network, and geographic requirements. As new LTE technologies become available Accelerated will launch additional versions of the CORE 1002-CM 4G LTE Modem, which will be available for use in the 6350-SR LTE Router6330-MX LTE Router, and future products. The modular nature of the CORE 1002-CM Plug-In Modem helps mitigate technological obsolescence by allowing customers to upgrade to newer LTE standards without replacing their Accelerated router.
Accelerated 1002-CM Integrated Module Improves Business Continuity at All Locations.
  • Certified 4G LTE Plug-In Modem
  • Category 4 & Category 6 versions for LTE Advanced, Standard LTE & LTE with EV-DO fallback
  • Dual SIM card support (manual or software controlled)
  • Auto-switch between different cellular carriers with Carrier Smart Select™
  • Plug-In Integration with compatible devices including the 6350-SR LTE Router and 6330-MX LTE Router
  • Easily upgrade to meet changing cellular standards
  • Improved speed to market
As always, the answer to "what do you need" will always depend. If you need minimal data and the requirements wont ever increase, you will be fine investing in LTE. But if you need faster speeds today or in the future, a modular solution like the CORE 1002-CM paired with either the 6350-SR or 6330-MX is what you want.