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MEA , Nokia and integrated infrastructure solution that includes a technology stack composed of Wi-Fi , private LTE / 5G using either private or public spectrum , robust passive optical LAN networks and potentially a secure IoT management layer .
These solutions have different capabilities for different use cases and applications ; therefore , they should determine which technology is best suited to their needs . They provide the pervasive connectivity , flexibility , ease of use and service quality that the institutions need to ensure everything is connected .
Prioritising security , reliability and pervasive coverage
While educational institutions look at modernising their current infrastructure , there are different sets of requirements and priorities that these organisations should seriously consider .
Security remains a key priority for higher education institutions and is often one of the primary concerns raised around wireless technology deployment . Based on 3GPP standards , 4G / LTE requires end-to-end encryption and all users and objects must be securely authenticated using SIM cards or embedded SIM ( eSIM ). The overall network security including IT should be addressed as well to ensure proper data protection mechanism for these institutions .
IoT represents an unprecedented opportunity to enable a variety of use cases but the security perspective of introducing IoT has to be taken into account as an additional measure of data and network protection for educational institutions .
LTE / 5G networks are based on carrier-grade communications systems and architecture , with inherent capabilities to avoid interference , making them more reliable than other wireless networks .
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