We’re living in a crazy time – one none of us is likely to forget. When our kids are older, instead of telling their children how they had to walk uphill against the wind to school every day, they’ll be recounting tales of being stuck at home with Mom and Dad for two or three months, while taking classes online and not being able to see friends.
For millions of those Moms and Dads, too, though, this pandemic has brought about a new way of living and working. Even though digital transformation has been changing businesses for years now, this unprecedented situation has hastened deployments of new communications solutions for business, healthcare facilities, schools, and more, so they can continue to function and deliver services to their customers.
It’s a trend that didn’t start with this coronavirus – nor will it end when the crisis situation subsides. Businesses have been evolving their models to accommodate remote and mobile workforces and other applications that require network access for a variety of connected endpoints. In many cases, the best way to ensure reliable connectivity is through Wireless WAN. Deployment of WWAN is on the rise, and recent research shows that more than 60% of businesses plan in increasing their use of LTE (News - Alert) for corporate connectivity. More than likely, as 5G continues to grow, that figure will rise even higher to accommodate more and more use cases.
While it’s a great option for remote and mobile worker connectivity – and something that can be deployed quickly today to accommodate an immediate need – MACH Networks CEO Don Ochoa (News - Alert) points out that there are many other applications. For instance, WWAN solutions can provide immediate connectivity for pop-up clinics that are being installed to help manage the COVID-19 outbreak. Of course, there are many “normal” applications as well, including uses in transportation, healthcare, business continuity, digital signage, branch office connectivity, video surveillance, M2M applications, temporary connectivity, and more.
“WWAN is everywhere and it’s fundamentally changing the telecommunications industry,” Ochoa said. “When you take the speed, add the lower cost, the flexibility and manageability, the reliability, and the security – add all those together and it’s a pretty compelling argument.”
Ochoa talked about the WWAN model and why it’s becoming increasingly popular – not just today, as businesses seek to ensure operational continuity during this crisis – but on a broader scale as businesses increasingly are implementing new business strategies and applications. During a recent webinar, Connecting Remote Workers & Distributed Enterprises with Fully Managed LTE WWAN Solutions, Ochoa talked about why WWAN is transforming the telecom landscape and how businesses are implementing secure WWAN solutions to replace or complement their other connectivity solutions.
“WWAN is really for any business that needs to have people working outside the office with secure connectivity to corporate networks,” Ochoa added. “If you don’t have the security, but you have the connection, that’s only half the picture, and you’re opening up your entire network to potential security breaches.”
For integrators, VARs, and MSPs, WWAN solutions also offer a new way to support customers with flexible, cost-effective, secure connectivity options, while driving new revenue streams. In a competitive environment, every channel partner is looking for new ways to build value with customers and increase revenue. Delivering WWAN enables them to deliver complete communications solutions to businesses.
If you didn’t have a chance to join the live webinar, but want to understand more about how LTE and 5G can support your business connectivity needs, take a listen to the on-demand version.
ITEXPO has always offered businesses the opportunity to learn and about and see firsthand the latest business technologies that are driving innovations in business communications and collaboration – including the connectivity solutions to support their digital applications and modern workforces. Part of the TechSuperShow, ITEXPO (News - Alert), along with many of its collocated events, is coming to the brand new Miami Beach Convention Center, February 9-12, 2021. Along with MSP Expo, SD-WAN Expo, Future of Work Expo, and more, ITEXPO offers an unprecedented opportunity for education and networking for Enterprises and SMBs, service providers and carriers, MSPs, and channel partner to explore the latest technologies that are driving business success.
Edited by Erik Linask