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Private LTE is a network that is run specifically for the benefit of an organization, such as a utility, factory or police department. Only authorized users of that organization have access to the network. The organization decides where there will be coverage, how the network will perform, who has access and priority. This is in contrast to a public LTE network, which would be run for the benefit of anyone willing to pay the monthly fee, like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

What is Private LTE?

What does Private LTE offer?

Private LTE offers the data speeds, technical flexibility, signal prioritization, and security necessary for the multitude of endpoints and smarter utility applications. The enormous utility data generated today and, in the future, makes LTE the most economical network to offer flexibility, scalability and resiliency. Private LTE is the most robust wireless solution with security built in for mission critical infrastructure.

How do utilities use Private LTE with 900 MHz frequency?

Many utilities use 900 MHz currently for voice and narrowband data for land mobile radio communications, 900 MHz broadband for critical wide area, long-range data communications, and CBRS for ultra-fast coverage of smaller areas like substations, storage yards and office spaces. With new spectrum becoming available for utilities, the 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?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently taken a major step by issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to repurpose the 900 MHz spectrum band for uses by utility and enterprise private networks. This broadband spectrum is the ideal workhorse of the invisible infrastructure underlying utility applications of all types, not only for protection of critical infrastructure, but also for smart grid systems and other Smart Community applications.

Why is Private LTE important?

High-capacity broadband is a fundamental part of a smart city. While utilities are developing new private networks and advanced technologies to meet the demands of more distributed energy resources, utilities position themselves for smart city opportunities. The modernized electric utility and smart cities of tomorrow cannot be fully realized without secure, reliable wireless broadband connectivity.

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 Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and delivers lightning-fast private broadband and premium voice communications. Nitro networks can be connected to 900 MHz networks to provide seamless voice and data connectivity throughout a customer’s territory.

Why Motorola Solutions and Private LTE?

Motorola Solutions is a long-standing provider of private narrowband communications equipment and radios in the 900 MHz band, with years of experience delivering mission-critical private networks. Its patent portfolio allows it to bring greater capacity, high-power performance and reduced interference to the LTE space. 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.

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