What is a 4G Internet connection?
4G can be thought of as a kind of wireless internet connection. In fact, 4G is a term for a specification of radio communication requirements. That specification is formally called IMT-Advanced. It was developed by the International Telecommunication Union, which is the agency of the United Nations concerned with information and communication technologies.
LTE is a standard that attempts to meet the requirements of the 4G / IMT-Advanced specification. LTE was developed by a group of collaborating companies and is used by UK telecommunications companies. A more advanced version of LTE will be available soon.
WiMAX is an alternative standard to LTE, but is not being deployed by UK telecommunications companies for use by consumers to the same extent as LTE. Consequently WiMAX will not be as widely known and used by UK consumers. A more advanced version of WiMAX will also be available soon.
Why is 4G / LTE useful?
- Wireless internet connections can be moved at will. This is useful in a number of diverse scenarios, such as for personnel visiting clients and venues; for event organisers; for construction and demolition site offices; for security personnel; and during office relocation. For example, a team visiting a client is more professional if it takes its own Internet connection rather than having to negotiate use of the client's network. It also saves time by avoiding that negotiation and avoids potential problems caused by the exchange of viruses.
- 4G Internet connections work while moving, so they can be added to vehicles, trains and boats. A mobile Internet connection also allows information about vehicles, trains and boats and the things they carry to be monitored remotely. This can provide an important differentiator for business such as logistics companies and fleet operators. Business with personel on the move can ensure their staff are fully able to use office based resources wherever they go to give them a competative advantage.
- Short-term wireless internet connections. They may also be portable or mobile. Their simple, quick, and low cost set up makes them suitable for scenarios such as standalone projects requiring independence for security reasons. It is also suitable for one-off events that would negatively impact existing networks in either load or security.
- Is your Internet connection too slow or slow at certain times? Add 4G Internet connections to increase speed. There are various ways to organise the extra connections. For example you can favour the cheapest connection, so the landline gets fully utilised before the cheapest 4G services are used. Alternatively you can favour the connection with the best throughput or quickest response. It is even possible to 'bond' the connections to behave effectively as one fast connection.
- Is your Internet connection important to your business? Having only one Internet connection introduces risk. A set of diverse Internet connections provides higher levels of service continuity. Add as many 4G wireless internet connections as you need, when you need, and by independent suppliers to get the continuity of service you require.
- Wireless internet connections can be set up quickly and cheaply because no cables need to be installed in the ground. Each connection is independent and can be provided by independent suppliers which can be changed at will. Each connection can be selected for different characteristics, such as cost; throughput; connection setup time; response time; availability; or features of service level agreements. This flexibility might be used for example in locations that are difficult or expensive to install wired Internet connections.
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