End devices

What is an end device?

An end device initiates or receives communications across a private mobile network (PMN). There are thousands of end devices. Following are a few examples:

  • Computers
  • Smartphones
  • Printers
  • Handheld RFID or barcode readers
  • Security cameras
  • Video cameras
  • Point-of-sale devices
  • Robots
  • Internet of things (IoT) devices

What do end
devices do?

In a PMN, end devices are the functional ends of the network. They take human communications, digitize them and send them into the network and to another destination. Since any device connected to a PMN requires a SIM card to interact with the network, communications sent through PMNs are highly secure. An enterprise can deploy a PMN on a permanent or temporary basis.

    What benefits does a PMN offer for end device users?

    For example, a school decides to connect students to the internet through school-issued end device computers. Building architecture or wall and window material may block cellular signals from penetrating the building, resulting in dead zones. Wi-Fi has a limited range and, at peak times, becomes overloaded and slow. A PMN is cellular technology, not Wi-Fi, and transmits a strong signal throughout the building and beyond.

    In the case of a weekend festival, the PMN becomes a temporary network for point-of-sale transactions. In a disaster zone where regular communications are unavailable, a tactical backpack PMN connects various end devices so emergency workers can communicate among themselves and out to the world.

      End device members

      Athonet Consortium_BEC Technologies

      BEC Technologies is a leading developer and manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G wireless broadband networking solutions for mobile operators, residential, enterprise, and industrial markets.

      Athonet Consortium_Blinq

      BLiNQ Networks is a pioneer manufacturer of CBRS-ready fixed wireless hardware, building the technology to provide essential internet connectivity all over the world.

      Athonet Consortium_Digi

      Digi International is a leading global provider of IoT connectivity products, services, and solutions.


      MultiTech makes work and life better by leveraging sensor and connectivity technology to bring systems and processes into the future and drive new revenue streams and efficiencies.