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What are the benefits of Private LTE for Utilities

We understand your systems demand interoperable, secure, & reliable comms. exceeding public networks.

Private LTE is a network running specifically for the benefit of a utility. The utility decides areas of coverage, how the network will perform, who has access and priority, a stark contrast of Public LTE. Private LTE connects your teams like never before.

What are the benefits of Private LTE for Utilities?

What does Private LTE offer utilities?

Utilities run unique applications that are different from typical consumer or general business users. These applications may be delay-sensitive, need broadband connectivity in remote locations and require a high level of security. Private LTE offers the customized coverage, data speeds, technical flexibility, signal prioritization, and security necessary for smarter utility applications. Because it’s a utility’s private network operating in a dedicated spectrum, it offers maximum control over its performance and cost, with no external users to cause congestion or surprise “data overage” charges. Private LTE is the most robust wireless solution with security built in for mission critical infrastructure.

How can utilities take advantage of the 900 MHz frequency?

Many utilities already use 900 MHz currently for voice and narrowband data for land mobile radio communications. Recent FCC changes have made available a portion of this 900 MHz spectrum for broadband applications, giving utilities a new way to use spectrum already assigned to them. At the same time, utilities can also take advantage of other new spectrum in the 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens’ Broadband Radio Service) band, which allows for very high-speed broadband applications in smaller areas like substations, storage yards and office spaces. This creates an opportunity for more robust data communication can now include video, sensors, analytics and more.

Who will be able to use Private LTE with 900 MHz?

On May 13, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Realignment Rules to repurpose the 900 MHz spectrum band for uses by utility and enterprise private networks. This broadband spectrum is well-suited for utility applications of all types, not only for protection of critical infrastructure, but also for smart grid systems and other Smart Community applications. Motorola Solutions’ LXN 7900 Fixed LTE 900 MHz Infrastructure is a fixed LTE broadband infrastructure solution for organizations looking to establish a dedicated private broadband network. It provides the high security, high resiliency and low latency required to quickly and securely process information to enable effective mission-critical operations.LXN 7900 Fixed LTE 900 MHz Infrastructure is a fixed LTE broadband infrastructure solution for organizations looking to establish a dedicated private broadband network. It provides the high security, high resiliency and low latency required to quickly and securely process information to enable effective mission-critical operations.

How does Private LTE work with CBRS?

Motorola Solutions grew its enterprise broadband portfolio last year with the launch of Nitro, an end-to-end LTE solution for commercial customers. Nitro operates on the recently available 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and delivers lightning-fast private broadband and premium voice communications. Nitro CBRS networks can be connected to 900 MHz networks to provide seamless voice and data connectivity throughout a customer’s territory, operated by a single core that can be on-prem or hosted in the cloud. Utilities no longer have to choose between different data solutions and can now take advantage of the benefits of both CBRS and 900 MHz.

Why Motorola Solutions and Private LTE?

In addition to being a long-standing provider of private narrowband communications equipment and radios to utilities, Motorola Solutions is a pioneer of LTE technology, whose experience in building and operating private, mission-critical LTE networks spans more than 20 years, to the founding days of LTE. Its patent portfolio and expertise in both LMR and LTE allows it to offer equipment with greater capacity and high-power performance, while at the same time minimizing interference with 900 MHz radio networks utilities rely on for critical communications. Its solution will include infrastructure, devices, software and service components to address the end-to-end needs of utility, oil, gas and other commercial customers. It will be offered in the flexible commercial terms that align with the market needs.

How can Private LTE improve critical infrastructure hurricane preparedness?

Past hurricanes have exposed flaws in public LTE networks, with widespread and lengthy interruptions to service impeding recovery efforts. Today’s utilities are addressing complex challenges that are compounded by the threat of natural disasters that are growing in intensity and frequency. Investing in reliable telecommunications infrastructure will help them to leverage actionable data to support the day-to-day demands for reliable, secure service delivery and to rise to the occasion when faced with the environmental challenges of hurricanes or other natural disasters.

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