Pros and Cons of Multiple Bearers: Tait Radio Academy

There is no single technology that provides reliable communication across different terrains and varying demand, which is why Unified Critical Communications combines the strengths of multiple bearers to mitigate their individual weaknesses. In this fourth lesson of the What is Unified Critical Communications course, we consider some of the pros and cons of multiple bearers and devices.

At first glance, running multiple bearers may seem inefficient. Why not have just radio or just cellular to carry communications services?

The short answer is that each bearer has some advantages and some disadvantages. Each differs in functionality, range, reliability, availability, equipment options, power consumption, cost and security. With multiple bearers at hand, an organization can tailor its communications deployment to meet the business requirements of each part of its operations.

For instance, no single technology can provide communication across the varied terrain, fluctuating demand, and escalating data usage that system designers must consider. Coverage holes inevitably appear, which can be mitigated if multiple bearers with different coverage characteristics are employed.

Want to know more? Head on over to the Pros and Cons of Multiple Bearers and Devices course on the Tait Radio Academy. Here you can also find out how to choose the communications bearers to suit your communication needs.

The Tait Radio Academy is a free training resource, providing foundational education on a wide range of critical communications topics. From basic radio awareness to Industrial Control Systems, there is a range of material for people in both technical and non-technical roles.



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