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Sprint Says 3G/4G Enterprise Solution Is Alternative To T-1

Sprint Says 3G/4G Enterprise Solution Is Alternative To T-1

Why use one of those old T-1 lines, when you could get similar speeds without wires? Wait, what? Sprint has talked up their 4G / WiMAX network for some time now, and while it has mostly been aimed at consumers, there's obvious interest coming from businesses as well. This week, Sprint launched what it's calling the first solution that offers bundled 4G and 3G wireless WAN connectivity, with secure and reliable access to Sprint Global MPLS.

In a nutshell, it's 4G enterprise WAN, and Sprint's making bold statements about it. Things like this: "Not only can wireless connectivity open a world of possibilities by allowing people to work virtually anywhere, now Sprint 4G can enable businesses to replace or improve on traditional "wired" options with a solution that is cost-effective, fast and flexible to deploy without compromising bandwidth and network reliability, available within all Sprint 4G markets." Whoa, really?


The solution relies on professionally installed business-class outdoor modems, and it provides 3G and 4G access as primary and secondary network connectivity, backed by a 99.95 percent availability service level agreement (SLA). The carrier claims that it can be deployed in just 15 business days, and that it's an actual "alternative to the traditional T-1, or a whole new way to bring data connectivity to remote locations where the installation of traditional dedicated circuits is problematic."

Is enterprise the next growth region for 4G? Well, we'd like to see it blanket a few more cities before finding out.
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Hmmm... I don't know about this the biggest problem with 3G and 4G internet is the inconsistency in speed. Also T-1 speeds are not even fast enough for many companies now with all the backups that go between buildings.

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That's a load of used food. You know perfectly well that as soon as they get enough customers on board to make the product viable, they're going to start imposing unrealistically low data caps, which will make the product useless or worse to businesses. We live in a world over-increasing dataflow needs; 3G/4G wireless is a world of increasing data demands and diminishing availability, because the cellular companies are pouring money into stockholder dividends instead of infrastructure build-out (plus there's the inherent limitation of finite wireless bandwidth).

As a sysadmin, I will argue strenuously against wireless "solutions" for out Internet connections.

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Is WiMAX latency anything even close to a T1/E1 circuit? I don't think so, mobile apps thrive on low-latency as do most corporate network needs, even in SOHO environments.

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LOL! Is Sprint going to give out deticated towers or what?

I can't imagine anyway turning off their T1 line for WiMax! Maybe as a failover last resort... like how some locations will use Satellite as their failover.

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Although I like the idea of wireless for everything, I really wonder if Sprint's backbone and network could truly handle and offer what businesses need. I also wonder about the cost effectiveness of this for businesses as well as the real-world speed in comparison to a T1 line or something else.

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