Friday 16 November 2012
Improved mobile broadband services could provide small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with an effective business continuity solution.
The launch of 4G services in the UK will eventually allow SMBs across a wider geographic area to access super-fast broadband.
And this will mean companies can not only mobilise their workforces, but use mobile broadband as a backup in case their main broadband or Ethernet connection goes down.
With the internet now required for so many business processes, it is essential to maintain connectivity at all times.
If the company does suffer an outage - meaning employees are unable to get online, and the trading website goes down - this costs time and money.
But the launch of 4G may encourage more businesses to use dongles as a failover.
This means that if problems are experienced with the fixed-line connection, the company can automatically revert to using mobile broadband.
As such, employees' work is unaffected and customers shopping for goods and services on the firm's website are unlikely to notice any difference.
One major telecoms provider - EE - has already launched 4G services in 11 UK cities, a number that will increase to 16 by the end of the year.
Rival providers such as Vodafone, O2 and Three will be able to compete for the required spectrum in an auction being carried out by Ofcom in December.
This will allow other providers to launch 4G services during Q2 2012, meaning businesses will have a wider range of super-fast mobile broadband options.
Posted by Alex Boardman