Mobile and Wireless: 4G LTE Technology: 10 Things Enterprises Should Consider
Not Enough Devices Support It
When Apple launched the new iPad earlier this year, it became the first from the mobile giant to actually offer 4G LTE. Does that surprise you? It might surprise you even more to find out that few other device makers support the technology just yet, either. This year will be a big one for LTE, but if you're planning to make the leap now, you'll be surprised to see how few devices support the technology.
If you're an IT manager or administrator who follows the mobile space, you know that when it comes to networking, 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is all the rage right now. The ultra-high-speed network, which is capable of up to 100M bps download speeds, is rapidly being rolled out across the United States. In addition, there appears to be a relatively good chance in the coming years that it will be nearly ubiquitous no matter where you go. Until now, the vast majority of the discussions surrounding LTE have revolved around the technology's impact on consumers. But it's about time those discussions start focusing on enterprise users. After all, the corporate world is expected to adopt LTE in droves in the coming years, and IT decision makers must be armed with as much knowledge as possible before taking a plunge into new wireless technology. Here, eWEEK offers IT pros a chance to see what you should know about 4G LTE and find out once and for all if it's something that you need now, or an option that might be best kept on the shelf until it becomes a necessity.