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All Things LTE…4G, 5G and Whatever’s Next - AMA

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 This event is an opportunity to discuss the LTE market trends from a consumer perspective, highlighting the 4G LTE service from Cisco Enterprise BU. Furthermore, we will discuss the strategies to consider, taking into account the details for the adoption of 5G and explaining the differentiating factors of 5G and WiFI6.

To participate in this event, please use the Join the Discussion : Cisco Ask the Expertbutton below to ask your questions

Ask questions from Tuesday 10th to Friday 20th of November, 2020

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Photo_droten_100x140.pngDavid Roten is a Technical Marketing engineer with Cisco’s Enterprise Routing BU team. For the past 7 years, David has been in his current TME role with the Enterprise BU. During this time he has spoken at several CiscoLive events along with training and customer events events globally. Prior to that, he spent a number of years working as a dev-test engineer covering the SIP-600, SIP-400, and SIP-200 linecards on the 7600 platform.
David might not be able to answer each question due to the volume expected during this event. Remember that you can continue the conversation on the Wireless Mobility community. 
 
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Hi David and Kevin
Thanks for providing such a great session, could you please help to cover the following question from the live Q&A:

  • What are the considerations for deploying the Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateways versus a router with a pluggable module or integrated LTE?
  • Will there be a field upgrade to 5G capabilities?
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Will there be a field upgrade to 5G capabilities?
No, future products supporting 5G cellular will be a different PID. The cellular gateways will not be upgradable to 5G support.

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What are the considerations for deploying the Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateways versus a router with a pluggable module or integrated LTE?
The first consideration is the cellular signal strength where your host router is located. If there is sufficient cellular signal where the host router is located, an integrated solution or a router that accepts a pluggable module may suffice. In this scenario, using a module provides potential upgradability in the future without replacing the entire host router. Integrated cellular solutions, however, are not upgradable.
If signal strength is not sufficient where the host router is located (i.e., basement, storage closet, etc.), a cellular gateway is likely your best option. You can place the gateway wherever signal strength is greatest and connect to your host router via Ethernet (up to 100m). This capability provides much more deployment flexibility in comparison to traditional coaxial antennas (which are limited to a range of 50 to 70 feet).
Another consideration is compatibility. Solutions using pluggable modules require a host router and module that are compatible with each other. The cellular gateways, on the other hand, are compatible with all Cisco IOS XE host routers, as long as there is an available WAN Ethernet port.

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