Trends in Enterprise Mobility Part 5: LTE

Posted by Michael Runshe

Wed, Dec 05, 2012

lteLong Term Evolution (LTE) is a mobile technology that allows for increased data speeds over live networks. Capable of attaining data transfer speeds of up 100Mbps in the down-link and 50Mbps in the up-link, LTE technology is compatible with both GSM and the CDMA transmissions. This network flexibility allows most devices on multiple carrier networks to make use of the LTE's advanced speed. In addition, as GSM networks continue to dominate internationally, LTE looks to position itself as a tool that levels the data transfer playing field in global enterprise mobility.

For some time now, the development of mobile applications that made use of data services has been somewhat limited, primarily because the rate of transmission could not compete with the speed of fixed, wired networks. Coders and developers have had no qualms in sharing the difficulties that are inherent in creating data intensive applications to be used in the field. Thankfully, the high data transmission rates of LTE, technology is very similar to that of wired broadband or cable networks. As a result, developers of mobile applications are free to create services that are not limited by reduced data transmission rates. The coding of mobile versions of desktop applications will no longer require workarounds to prevent data bottle necks.

For business users, this increased speed promises major opportunities for growth and development. For example, employees in the field now have the ability to transmit and receive data at the same rate of speed as workers in the office. Mobile services that make use of LTE technology can essentially take the power of the office to the field, leading to an increase of long-term, overall revenue. In addition, as the power of mobile devices continues to develop, LTE allows each individual field agent to become increasingly more effective in their jobs, leading to greater customer satisfaction. Internally, LTE allows companies to be more efficient as the sharing of larger packets of data no longer requires phone calls, or physical trips to a central hub.

LTE technology has lead to innovative developments in existing industries. Healthcare professionals can now remotely monitor patients and access their records with no lag in transmission. Telecom professionals can make use of LTE's inherent speed to do real-time speed tests and test line transmissions. Industries such as HVAC can use LTE to make their field agents more effective in managing and sharing data culled in the field with remote servers (and vice versa) which leads to an over-all reduction in time usage, and therefore over-all costs.

It is an exciting time for mobile business development. The creation of more affordable and more powerful mobile devices, along with innovations in network speed and data security has spurred a level of maturity that was unimaginable a decade ago. BYOD business networks, LTE, and consumer sophistication are some of the major developments that we have seen cause seismic shifts in the world of enterprise mobility. It is tough to predict what the future of our ever-changing industry may hold, but whatever it is, we'll be prepared to help you navigate through tomorrow.

Next week, in the last of this series, Part 6: we dive into Mobile Security

Tags: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Workforce Management, Developments in Field Service Management