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  1. 1. 4 G LT E P L AY B O O K4TH GENERATION WIRELESS FORTHE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT LGS 4G Mobile Solutions will enable mobile access to a wide variety of end-user devices and enhance the use of cloud services for the Federal Government. By leveraging LTE commercial wireless infrastructure with carrier grade redundancy, 4G Mobile Solutions will deliver mission-critical services and applications through value-added services management such as Mobile Device Management and Mobile Apps. This white paper addresses how the 4G mobile government worker will benefit from fourth generation wireless technology and focuses on the challenges that the Federal Government faces and the potential benefits realized through LGS 4G Mobile Solutions. S T R AT E G I C W H I T E P A P E R 4 G LT E P L AY B O O K
  2. 2. 4G FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT —TRENDS & CHALLENGESMobility is a primary enabler of workforce efficiency. Mobile broadband access reduces the time to perform regular businessfunctions through a more rapid response to situations that require collaboration regardless of team members’ locations. Thisgives transparent access to critical data and applications anywhere, anytime, on any device.Until 2010, most second and third generation cellular networks were based on air interface standards such as Global Systemsfor Mobile (GSM), Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA).While these standards support both voice and data, none use end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) that most Federal Governmententerprises utilize on a daily basis. Therefore, federally approved protection systems to secure data in flight and at reston a Federal Government enterprise do not secure the federal data over a commercial cellular network. In 2010, the 3GPP1specified Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the global standard for 4G networks. As a result, commercial service providers areinvesting in LTE networks to handle the rapidly increasing demand for mobile broadband voice, data and video.The mobile government worker needs to use their mobile device across multiple environments with different security levelsfrom the home to a government enterprise to a secure government enclave. Therefore, the Federal Government has driversthat exceed those of commercial mobile subscribers.Table 1–1 | USG Mobile Service Drivers USG DRIVERS SOLUTION REQUIREMENTS MOBILE SERVICES » Extend Enterprise Unified Communications to mobile devices » Enhance Situational Awareness through advanced wireless » Leverage commercial wireless infrastructure, transport & devices SERVICES » Segregate authenticated USG users’ data from the public network MANAG EM ENT » Authorize mobile access to apps in a USG private cloud » Secure centralized management & monitoring of wireless devices D U A L- H O M I N G » Enforce UGS mobile device restrictions within USG enclave » Allow USG mobile devices on commercial networks COVER AG E » Scale to smaller base-level enclaves to larger-scale enterprise agenciesBENEFITS OF 4G MOBILE SOLUTIONS4G mobile services have the potential to dramatically change the way Federal Government accesses and provides unifiedcommunications, resulting in improvements in Network Performance, Cost Savings, and Services Management.Network Performance: 4G LTE technology extends unified communications to the mobile workforce, improves userexperience, and enhances situational awareness for mission-critical services. This technology offers major performance gainsover its predecessor technologies, including delivering broadband to the mobile user at a much lower cost per bit. Gains areattributed to: » Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) – modulation techniques for increased spectral efficiency. » Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) – antenna technology for increased link capacity for better user experience. » Flat IP architecture – end-to-end IP which reduces latency and enables real time interactions.1 The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). http://www.3gpp.org 1 S T R AT E G I C W H I T E P A P E R 4 G LT E P L AY B O O K
  3. 3. Improvements in 4G over 3G technologies result in a 10-fold increase in throughput, 4-fold increase in spectral efficiency,and a 6-fold gain in reduced latency.Cost Savings: LTE delivers a single global standard, achieving higher economies of scale than 3G technologies. Thecommercial wireless market is experiencing global investment in the LTE technology and user devices. For example, GlobalMobile Suppliers Association (GSA)2 reports that 327 operators in 99 countries have committed to commercial LTE networkdeployments. There are 347 LTE devices from 63 manufacturers and 72 commercial LTE networks in 37 countries. Fuelingthis dramatic subscriber growth is the explosion of mobile broadband data. Cisco3 projects that global mobile data trafficis expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 91% over the next five years. To handle these trends in data growth,subscriber increases, and mobile devices, 4G offers superior quality of service. The U.S. Government’s adoption of LTEshould leverage commercial wireless infrastructure and user devices, and potentially reduce service costs.Services Management: A significant advantage of migrating to 4G mobile services is the potential to offer a secure end-userexperience.Fueling this dramatic subscriber growth is the explosion of mobile broadband data. Cisco1 projects that global mobiledata traffic is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 91% over the next 5 years. To handle these trends in datagrowth, subscriber increases and mobile devices, 4G offers superior quality of service. The USG’s adoption of LTE shouldleverage commercial wireless infrastructure and user devices, and thereforepotentially reduce service costs, increase the diversity of devices, and extendthe availability of mobile broadband.Mobile services management can be achieved through an LGS integratedplatform that manages dual-homing user devices across multiple networks Same device - multiple networks & security requirementsfrom the home to the government enterprise to secure enclaves. By providingcentralized control for device management, real-time policy-based identityaccess, and real-time visibility across the network elements and applicationlayers, the Federal Government 4G workers have ubiquitous, secure mobileservices.A significant challenge in realizing the benefits of 4G is to ensure the security and integrity of highly sensitive and/orclassified data. Examples include authentication of user and network, centralized identity and device management, policyenforcement, and the protection of data inside and outside the U.S. Government. Additionally, the Department of Defense(DoD) has unique challenges such as the secure access of information at multiple classification levels under multipleauthorities (DoD, DHS) and the Certification & Accreditation process.4G Mobile Solutions adhere to inherent, commercial LTE security mechanisms but also incorporate these security criteria: » Ensure security & privacy » Data integrity, separation, protection & management » Policy-based service management » Real-time traffic and threat analysis.2 “Evolution to LTE,” June 4. 2012 - www.gsacom.com3 “Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2010-2015,” February, 2011. 2 S T R AT E G I C W H I T E P A P E R 4 G LT E P L AY B O O K
  4. 4. SUMMARY4G Mobile Solutions will be a primary enabler to enhance the Federal Government’s workforce efficiency. Transparentand secure access to high speed, broadband information reduces the time required to perform regular business regardlessof team members’ locations - anywhere, at any time, on any device. A key component of the recently announced FederalGovernment’s Digital Strategy is the ability to deliver and receive digital content in any format in a safe and secure manner.LGS 4G Mobility Solutions provide the foundation to transform the Federal Government’s IT infrastructure and achieve theDigital Strategy goals. 3 S T R AT E G I C W H I T E P A P E R 4 G LT E P L AY B O O K