Thursday, 15 October 2020 08:41

Study finds firms keen to use LTE or 5G as sole WAN link

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Nearly 9 in 10 organisations (88%) in Australia surveyed by local technology analyst outfit Telsyte for LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions provider Cradlepoint are either using or thinking of using LTE or 5G as the sole WAN link in branch locations.

Almost all (97%) were thinking of using LTE or 5G in their WANs, the study, carried out among 180 IT business decision-makers in organisations using WAN on external sites with greater than 100 employees, found.

Interviews for the study were conducted between 14 and 31 August with specific industries such as retail trade, transport, postal and warehousing, public administration and safety, and healthcare and social assistance more heavily targeted.

Another finding was that 93% of those surveyed were either using, or else thinking of using, LTE and 5G for IoT applications. A shade under half (46%) were using or looking at using LTE and 5G to connect vehicles.

Seventy-three percent planned to start or increase the use of 5G WAN in the next 12 months with 51% planned to step up or start using 4G LTE for the same purpose.

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Three-fifths of the firms interviewed said they expected to see a rise in the number of connected fleet vehicles in the next 24 months while 54% said the number of connected IoT devices would go up.

Only 11% of the businesses in the study were not even looking at the use of 5G with two-thirds confident that the technology would deliver benefits, that have been promised, to business in the next 12 months.

As to the benefits accruing from 5G, 71% cited speed, 67% business benefits and an improvement over 4G, 66% saw potential for AI and augmented reality and also more reliability, 62% expected lower latency while 61% expected better coverage.

The survey also covered other aspects of IT; this report has focused only on the questions connected to 5G. The full report can be downloaded here after registration.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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