U.S. cellular providers continue to deploy Long Term Evolution service nationwide, but coverage and performance variances dictate that IT leaders should not use LTE until 1Q15 as the exclusive connection for most enterprise applications.
Impacts and Recommendations
- The availability of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services varies by provider and city, even where LTE has been launched, coverage is not universal and sufficient capacity is often scarce
- Enterprises can expect current LTE services to provide typical downlink speeds of 5 Mbps or more, which will support applications via current 3G networks requiring speeds of more than 2 Mbps
- Even in markets where it has been launched, carriers do not guarantee that LTE connections and performance are of enterprise-grade quality
- National LTE data service prices mirror 3G tiered and pooled data plans
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