The current transition to the LTE (Long Term Evolution) and 5G means the shutdown of 3G services, with 4G not far behind. 3G and 4G technology have been the communications backbone for most intrusion and fire alarm systems that rely on wireless communicators. Users should begin preparing for the sunset now by upgrading from 3G/4G to LTE alarm communicators. SSP is prepared to help. Here’s what you need to know:
The Transition to LTE/5G is for the Better
Network service providers such as Verizon and AT&T have made it clear that LTE is the way of the future. LTE alarm communicators are the industry standard for wireless data transmission and are a drastic improvement over older technologies like 3G and 4G in that they provide:
- Higher bandwidth (the ability to access more data more quickly)
- Low data transfer latency (the ability to access data in less time)
- Enhanced scalability (increases the number of alarm devices connected to an access point at a time)
Pinning down the sunset dates isn’t an exact science— different service providers operate on different timelines for the transition that fluctuates depending on several factors. For instance, AT&T has already eliminated 3G hardware on strategically located towers nationwide. The result is that signal quality, and allocated bandwidth will likely be affected in the months leading up to the sunset.
How Will The 3G Sunset Impact My Business?
Many security integrators, including SSP, currently monitor alarm systems that utilize 3G communicators. As transmitters are decommissioned and eliminated, the alarm system’s 3G communicators will partially or entirely fail to communicate with their monitoring stations, leaving buildings, homes, and facilities unprotected with faulty alarm systems. The existing 3G communicators will need to be replaced with LTE/5G communicators.
We’re Here To Help You Through This Transition
As 3G is phased out, customers who want to prepare for the long-term should upgrade to an LTE communicator – this may mean upgrading to a new alarm panel. SSP has been monitoring the 3G Sunset for years, and we’re prepared to assist you with this transition by offering information about your current systems and installation options for new solutions.