Say Good-bye to WiFi and DAS: Businesses are Choosing Enterprise LTE

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19 January 2018
Authored by: John Baker

Not so long ago, nobody would have predicted that businesses could move away from WiFi and DAS technologies for their private wireless networks. That was before Enterprise LTE. With the ongoing densification of mobile networks, the lower-cost availability of small cells, and new ‘white-label’ offerings from mobile network operators (MNOs), private LTE networks have become a viable solution for businesses.

In fact, the market for these solutions has already surpassed $1.5 billion, and it’s expected to double in the next two years (IHS Markit, Feb. 2017). The advantages for businesses are many: private LTE delivers seamless integration with mobile voice and provides better coverage, especially indoors; it’s far more reliable, secure, and scalable than other technologies; and it also offers beleaguered IT departments a much-improved maintenance and upgrade model. According to a recent report, in fact, a private LTE solution can reduce the total cost of ownership as much as 68% over a 5-year period when compared to Distributed Antenna Solutions (DAS) (Mobile Experts, March 2017).

More operators are beginning to take notice of the opportunity, too, with more than 60% of those surveyed by Heavy Reading planning to offer private wireless networks in the next three years. Innovative companies, such as Mavenir, are already offering secure, virtualized, Cloud RAN and core solutions that make it an easy, cost-effective way for operators to leverage 4G networks and build momentum for 5G

An Enterprise LTE solution from Mavenir requires no inventory, no time to market, and no truck rolls. With zero touch provisioning, its single COTS box simplifies fulfillment. The enterprise can generate revenue from roaming fees negotiated with the operator, as well as wireless service offerings for building tenants.  It’s a win-win for the operator and the enterprise.

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John Baker is the Senior Vice President of 5G Business Development at Mavenir. A veteran of the mobile industry, board member for 5G Americas, and sought-after industry speaker, John Baker leads the 5G team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics.

A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.

Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies, including: 

  • GM Mobility Infrastructure atSpirent Communications 
  • VP& GM Network Solutions atCommScope 
  • VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia
  • VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services 

John also contributed significantly in the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, UK. John is frequently quoted in major wireless industry publications including Wireless Week, Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, SDX Central, RCR Wireless and Mobile World Live.