Regular consumers are enjoying Verizon’s LTE network and its fast speeds, and now businesses will be able to get in on the action too in a slightly different way. Verizon today announced that its high-speed wireless network has been combined with a Private IP network, which will give businesses secure access to the internet.
What does it all mean? If you’re a business user with an LTE phone or tablet, you’ll be able to connect to any LTE cell tower and be routed over an enterprise gateway run by Verizon which doesn’t run over the public internet. Data won’t be encrypted automatically, but the option is there if you need it. Verizon then route the data at its switching center so that it joins the MPLS network.
That gives businesses the flexibility of having the high-speed wireless network at their disposal without worrying about security. For example, Verizon demonstrated an ATM connected to LTE back at CES 2012, and the company say the additional boost in speed can be used to send video wirelessly. Instead of using an expensive satellite connection for video broadcasts, companies could instead use Verizon’s Private IP LTE network.
Private IP was previously implemented using Verizon’s EV-DO network, which had around 190,000 business customers. That technology is starting to show its age, so being able to use LTE is sure to make an impact in the business community.