By Alex Brisbourne, KORE
For more than a decade, popular opinion suggested that almost any Machine-to-Machine connectivity need could be addressed with 2G technologies. However, richer and more robust applications have become necessities for many organizations, and inevitably require greater bandwidth. Let’s be honest, once a product is better, it becomes the norm, and what we thought could be accomplished with 2G connectivity became less adequate by the day. Simply put, instead of just sending a message, businesses can now draw useful results from robust data quickly, and in more digestible ways.
So where are we now? 2G networks are being shut down, a trend widely regarded as the “2G Sunset”, and will be a thing of the past in the next five years. And 3G networks—all of them—will likely be gone by the end of the decade as well. Not long ago, at the close of 2015, the actual LTE footprint for AT&T was greater than their 3G footprint, and today it is greater than their combined 2G/3G footprint. This leaves organizations with a stark reality: If you don’t have an LTE plan, you won’t have a competitive business.