LTE vs Wi-Fi for network connectivity

Households, hospitality venues, and enterprises are exploring connectivity options that suit their network needs. With wide-ranging deployment scenarios that include spacious structures too big for wireless access points to cover or physical barriers that prevent Wi-Fi coverage, your customers need custom-tailored solutions to ensure high-performance and reliable connectivity. While LTE and Wi-Fi communicate data over the Internet, they differ in technology, range, speed, performance, and bandwidth. This practical comparison will explore the primary differences between LTE vs Wi-Fi.

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LTE Vs Wi-Fi: Speed

Speed for both mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi is influenced by network infrastructure, device location, and signal strength. On paper, Wi-Fi may seem to have an objective edge over LTE; in practice, it is more complicated—leveraging innovations in Wi-Fi technology also requires the latest technology to support the standard. With this in mind, it’s clear that speed is relative when comparing LTE vs Wi-Fi. With MBSI WAV support, you can determine the unique network configuration that will translate to the fastest connectivity for your customers—whether it’s LTE or Wi-Fi.


LTE Vs Wi-Fi: Security

Internet security is a primary concern—especially for businesses that work with confidential information. While no network is 100% secure, cellular data is more secure. All data sent over the cellular network is encrypted, whereas data transmitted over a Wi-Fi network may not be encrypted. This is especially true in locations like hotels, airports, and public zones.



LTE Vs Wi-Fi: Coverage

Unlike cellular networks that provide widespread (nationwide) network coverage to subscribers, Wi-Fi—a local area network (LAN)—has very limited coverage. Subscribers lose coverage if they leave the 300-ft. radius of a router. Relying solely on a Wi-Fi network often can be limiting and inconvenient—especially for executives and working professionals who need to travel regularly. A cellular network offers much broader coverage no matter where you go. In addition, LTE coverage is expected to expand with rapid advances in cellular technology like 5G.


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