At CES 2011, Cisco Systems came out with several new announcements. One of the biggest announcement that was co-introduced by Verizon wireless was a new 4G wireless WAN interface for Cisco ISR G2 routers. The new card can be installed in a router and use Verizon’s new LTE network for access. If the 4G signal is not available, the card can fall back and use 3G signals. Verizon has partnered with Cisco and will begin selling packages to small and medium sized businesses that can use the Cisco hardware to access Verizon’s LTE network anywhere in the nation.
Janet Schijns, vice president, Business Solutions Group at Verizon Wireless proclaims the partnership as “a game changer for our customers”. And this is truly an understatement. When LTE becomes more widely available, it opens the door to provide a wide range of network features that are currently found only in static site locations such as reliable voice, video and high-speed data. With the combination of the Cisco ISR G2 router and EHWIC-4G-LTE-V LTE card, businesses have the opportunity to provide robust applications such as voice, video, site-to-site VPN and other features that simply weren’t possible before.
Think about it, the ability to drop and deploy a fully functioning IP networks with a high-speed WAN connection in a matter of minutes could be very useful in a number of situations including:
- remote conferences
- temporary offices
- remote reporting
- emergency situations
Now that there is a reliable and robust method for the deployment of high-speed wireless WANs, we will likely see many businesses take advantage of the ability to take their network anywhere they please.