Today, no business can afford to spend time unconnected. No matter where you are, or what you’re doing, it’s essential that your customers are able to reach you. A few years ago, a high speed leased line was enough to ensure good connectivity, but now that more and more people are working from home or travelling to conferences, companies cannot afford to keep their key employees tethered to the office. That’s why technologies such as fixed mobile convergence are so important.
Fixed Mobile Convergence: Transparent Communication for All
Small and medium sized business owners have a lot of things to worry about. They have clients to meet, products to sell, stock to manage, accounts to balance, and HR issues to think about, so the last thing that they need is to have to wrestle with communication technology too. In an ideal world, a business owner would be able to choose one provider, pay the monthly bill, and work from anywhere with no tech support overhead and no juggling different devices, settings, and phone numbers depending on when and where they wanted to work.
Working from a coffee shop in SoHo should be just as easy as working while connected to the leased line in the company’s head office. Sadly, until recently this has been far from the way that things really work.
4G is Coming
The good news is that even the mobile phone providers understand that things aren’t ideal at the moment. The dream of fixed mobile convergence is taking time to appear, and part of the problem is that our mobile broadband network isn’t advancing quickly enough to keep up with demand. Fortunately, several of the major providers have decided to get together and share a network to provide 4G to a much bigger proportion of the country.
Vodafone ad O2 have agreed to share a network that consists of 18,500 masts. This network will cover a huge percentage of the country, and allow all but the most remote of villages to enjoy access to a high speed mobile broadband network.
With this network, businesses will be able to enjoy broadband connections via mobile phones, tablet PCs and other 4G enabled devices. They’ll be able to use Voice over IP, stream data, and use standard unified communications tools no matter where they are.
This network will work in addition to traditional leased lines. When you’re in the office, you can use a low contention, high speed, fixed line for most of your communication needs. If you need to leave the office you can switch your communications over to a mobile device or mobile data connection without needing to worry about how it works, or what you’re transferring.
Freeview and 4G
Of course, technology advances do come at a price. There’s a risk that the new 4G network could interfere with freeview reception in some parts of the country. However, this problem will only affect certain freeview receivers, and the problem can be minimized by using a special device to filter the freeview signal. If you are concerned that the new 4G transmitters will interfere with your reception, contact your service provider for assistance.
This post was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Maintel, experts in fixed mobile convergence and leased line technology. To find out more about fixed-mobile convergence or leased line technology, take a look at their site.