LTE for Critical Communications – not yet there.
Great opinion-piece to read by knowledgeable people.
When dealing with mission critical communications, regardless whether in the public or private sector (think remote healthcare for voice and short data), LTE is not yet where it needs to be.
Commercial mobile operators have moved from GSM to UMTS to WCDMA networks to reflect the strong growth in demand for mobile data services. Smartphones are now used for social media and streaming video. LTE technology fulfils a need to supply cheap mass market data communications.So LTE is a data service at heart, and reflects the consumer and enterprise market shift from being predominantly voice-centric to data-centric. In this wireless data world you can still control quality to a degree. So with OFDM-A modulation we have reduced latency. We have improved how we allocate different resource blocks to different uses.”