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Indoor Cellular versus Wi-Fi

Michael Finneran (President, dBrn Associates)

Terry Slattery (Principal Consultant, NetCraftsmen)

Location: Osceola B

Date: Wednesday, April 1

Time: 8:00am - 8:45am

Pass Type: Entire Event, Tue-Thu Conference - Get your pass now!

Track: Management & Security

Hot Topic(s): 5G / Mobility

Vault Recording: TBD

With the impending move to 5G, mobile operators have raised the idea of using these high-bandwidth systems to provide private wireless networks employing cellular technology in place of traditional private Wi-Fi networks. One one hand, enterprises have already sunk billions of dollars in investment into well-tuned, highly-effective Wi-Fi infrastructures that would now be ripped out or overlaid with a cellular network. However, with the move to Everything-as-a-Service, enterprises are tiring of the ongoing costs involved in running their own Wi-Fi networks, and might be open to swapping out WiFi technology for one delivered by a service provider. The private cellular idea is definitely getting some traction (field trials) with big industrial firms in Europe, but it is in a far earlier stage of development here in the US.

In this session, two esteemed wireless network experts will discuss the pros and cons of the private cellular and private Wi-Fi approaches, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and seek to identify some of the characteristics that should push an organization to consider one option or the other.


* Understand whether your organization (or any part of it) is a viable candidate for private cellular.
* Advantages that a private cellular option might afford.
* Types of cost and control issues you will have to consider in making a determination between the choices.
* A full list of the types of Wi-Fi only devices you may have that would need to be upgraded to cellular equivalents.