Private LTE offers utilities the ability to converge many disparate networks
- Aug 21, 2020 11:36 pm GMT
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Traditionally utilities have deployed many disparate networks for various mission critical applications including voice, SCADA, AMI and backhaul. The technologies deployed have varied from land mobile radios (LMR), licensed and unlicensed radios, and mesh radios to high capacity point to point radios. These radios historically have been proprietary and vendor specific implementations. There is an emerging trend towards converging these networks onto a singular high-speed low latency and highly secure standards-based private LTE network.
The recent direction of the regulatory landscape has fueled a change in the options for future utility networks. Specifically, the recent FCC rulings in the CBRS and the 900 MHz spectrum has made it possible for utilities to deploy private LTE networks. These networks offer high bandwidth and low latency with unprecedented levels of security that is being demanded in today’s utility networks to meet the NERC/CIP guidelines.
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