Private LTE is going viral in the USA now that suitable spectrum has become available. The remarkable progress being made in private LTE deployments has been made possible by a number of pragmatic FCC spectrum decisions. With the private LTE ecosystem it is not enough to have spectrum, practical networks require FCC approved devices. This approval is not always a straightforward process. Why does this matter to end users? Private LTE network design is constrained by spectrum and device choices, and those constraints need to be minimised for best value. A clear understanding of the whole regulatory process is important to leverage spectrum and hardware investments. To build out the supply of approved devices for the US market, a New Zealand-designed router has been introduced. The presentation will trace the development of the advanced LTE packet processing platform from early prototypes through to production. In addition to the compute-intensive design aspects, the presentation will include some discussion on packaging, vibration and thermal challenges.
John Yaldwyn — CTO – 4RF Ltd
Owen Borlase — VP of Research & Development – 4RD Ltd