You’ve no doubt heard the term, you’ve most likely seen the flurry of advertising touting 4G LTE. But what exactly is 4G LTE and more importantly what are the benefits to your business. 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the 4th generation of wireless broadband networks, and in the case of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, offers:
Faster data rates and reduced latency enabling you to connect at speeds faster than typical cable modem high-speed internet options so you can do things like conduct real-time security camera monitoring.
Enhanced user experience with applications like Fuze Meeting, providing a high-definition, rich multiparty video experience that’s 10 times faster than 3G. You can also send high-resolution pictures via email or take advantage of Skype’s video calling capability to communicate seamlessly with customers and vendors at these same higher speeds.
Mobility, which means having a reliable, fast Internet connection on-the-go and being able to do things you could once only do from a wired desktop computer. Imagine the benefit mobility brings to helping you keep that all-important edge on the competition.
Global adoption, which means in the future, customers will be able to travel from country to country using the same device. More than 130 wireless carriers worldwide have chosen LTE as their 4G technology.
Breadth of Coverage is probably one of the most important factors in determining whether 4G LTE will matter for your business. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network spans the U.S. and is available today in 203 markets, covering more than 200 million people – that’s six times larger than the nearest competitor’s 4G network.
Additionally, with 4G LTE, companies can empower employees to work from the field with the ability to access internal files everywhere, through tools like cloud based services. For example, a doctor can use his 4G LTE enabled tablet, such as the new Galaxy Tab 7.7, to pull up patient charts while walking down the hall with his colleague. Within seconds, he can seamlessly update and save changes to these documents on the hospital’s main server. This kind of mobile reliability and power can increase efficiency, organization and productivity.
Professionals can also take advantage of new personal assistant apps for 4G LTE Android smartphones that can schedule meetings, send emails, place calls and more all through voice command. One that I would highly recommend is the SpeakToIt personal assistant. This all-inclusive app was named among “Top 10 Android Apps of the Year” by the New York Times. An excellent app for the frequent traveler, Cluzee includes a travel planner to help book hotels and transportation, as well as check flight statuses. Jeannie and Vlingo are also strong alternatives to manage busy schedules with a 4G LTE android device.
By understanding the needs of your business and exploring all that 4G LTE can potentially offer, businesses can truly Live The Excitement and reap the many benefits provided by an advanced mobile technology like 4G LTE.
(Article was authored by Harry Martin, Regional Director of Advanced Wireless Data for Verizon Wireless)