Westell Technologies Partners with ip.access on Private LTE Offering
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | Comments

Westell Technologies’ In-Building Wireless (IBW) business unit entered into a product agreement with ip.access that includes the development of a small cell solution based on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), now known as OnGo, spectrum.

Westell and ip.access partnered to develop and market an OnGo small cell solution for the private Long Term Evolution (LTE) market. Working with ip.access, Westell plans to offer a carrier-grade solution that features increased range, robust throughput, and quality of service for voice and data via a single, high-performance device.

“Enterprises are increasingly seeking private LTE networks,” said J.J. Swartwood, Westell’s senior vice president of worldwide sales. “OnGo represents an attractive alternative for private wireless networks without access to licensed spectrum. We expect our partnership with ip.access will provide a small cell solution that enables private LTE operators to intelligently and securely connect, manage, control and analyze increasingly complex and critical operations.”

The emerging market for cost-effective private LTE networks is driven by the automation and mobility demands of campus-based enterprises and industrial businesses. Medical centers, hotels and resorts, theme parks, multifamily residential developments, transportation hubs, universities and other campus-based enterprises require numerous safety-critical and business-critical services such as high-bandwidth wireless voice and data communications, closed-circuit TV and point-of-sale terminals. For industrial businesses, including manufacturing and logistic operations, private LTE networks can connect and control pick-and-place machinery and automated guided vehicles to efficiently maintain inventory records and track movements through the supply chain.

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