Just a few years ago, private wireless networking wasn’t a common enterprise term, but it is now top-of-mind for most executives looking to unlock a new level of innovation enablement in their organizations. Advanced technologies have transitioned from a competitive edge to a requirement for businesses, and private wireless is an ideal solution to support the growth. However, it isn’t right or necessary for every organization. It’s important to understand what special benefits it provides and if it’s necessary for your business.
What is private wireless networking?
When explaining private wireless, it’s best to start with what it isn’t. Most people first think of public wireless networks that support smartphone usage every day. There, a mobile carrier owns the spectrum outright through FCC auctions and builds wireless infrastructure (base stations, other networking components, etc.) across the nation to transmit RF, creating a sprawling and mostly ubiquitous macro network. In this situation, the mobile network operator (MNO) controls and distributes bandwidth to its users and has access to all of the data. Subscribers gain access to the carrier’s network by way of SIM cards on their smartphones. In order for enterprises to bring coverage indoors from the macro network, they require in-building wireless infrastructure such as distributed antenna systems (DAS), repeaters, small cells and other wireless products to overcome RF interference and obstruction.
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