Verizon Wireless Broadband Network Connectivity and Data Transport Solutions
Wireless connectivity and data transport solutions from Verizon Wireless allow companies to establish a private, direct connection between the enterprise network and the Verizon Wireless broadband network. A direct connection to the Verizon Wireless broadband network lets companies communicate with their mobile workforces with increased data response times, while reducing concerns over security and reliability.
This white paper introduces the Verizon Wireless network, depicts typical direct connection usage scenarios, discusses connectivity considerations, and explains all connectivity options with available IP addressing schemes to help the reader make informed decisions when planning and purchasing a wireless connectivity solution.
2. Network Architecture
It may be helpful to review basic wireless network architecture prior to considering which connectivity solution option best fits a business’s data connectivity needs. Understanding network architecture will also clarify the point of egress from the Verizon Wireless network to the corporate network, and show how mobile users are serviced by the wireless network.
A direct-connect circuit can be established to the Verizon Wireless broadband data network from any enterprise network through a variety of common wireline connection types. Each wireline connection type is labeled in the following illustration as a direct circuit that runs between the enterprise network and the Verizon Wireless broadband data network.
The Verizon Wireless broadband network comprises an access network and a core network as indicated in the previous network architecture diagram. With Verizon Wireless connectivity and data transport solutions, corporate customers can bring direct circuits into the core network through VPN, frame relay, T1 direct, or Multi-link Point-to-Point Protocol (MLPPP) connections. We will cover these core network access options in much more detail in a subsequent section of this white paper.
Mobile users access the Verizon Wireless broadband network via the access network, which provides an entryway into network services, including Verizon Wireless-hosted services and enterprise-provided network services. The Verizon Wireless broadband network uses CDMA-based 1xRTT and 1xEV-DO wireless radio broadband data standards for mobile user access to the network. Verizon Wireless now has deployed 1xEV-DO Revision A (1xEV-DO Rev. A) throughout its broadband network. Typical Rev. A downlink speeds are 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps, while typical uplink performance is 500 to 800 Kbps.1
3. Benefits of Implementing Direct Circuit Connections
Direct-circuit connectivity into a trusted provider’s network core is an effective way for companies to improve data response times and lower latency to mobile users being serviced by the wireless network. Overall connection reliability improves with direct-circuit connections, because companies have a direct connection to the Verizon Wireless broadband network and avoid having to traverse the Internet. As a result, security threats are more contained. Verizon Wireless offers secure, reliable, and flexible access to their networks.
Data is one of business’s most important assets and must be kept secure. Wireless broadband access provides enhanced privacy and security because the direct circuits are not routed over the Internet. Instead, data is transmitted through the Verizon Wireless broadband network, which reduces risk of interception or sabotage.