Are you Data Plans ready for the Future of Mobile Networks?

You’re probably aware that smartphones are the new way to access the Internet. But did you know that mobile networks are advancing to give a true broadband experience to users? LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the new standard for 4G and if your local network hasn’t launched this service yet, it almost certainly will soon. Your data plans will need to reflect this development.

What is LTE?

LTE is a standard for wireless communication that enables high-speed data transfer for mobile data terminals such as smartphones. It’s based on the existing mobile network and data standards (such as GSM/EDGE and also UMTS/HSPA). It works by enhancing signal modulation to enable greater data throughput over the airwaves.

The first trial network for this service was launched in Scandinavia in 2009, and after this was successful most of the rest of the developed world’s networks signed up for future release. That’s because it’s a natural evolution of existing network technology and easy to implement without affecting service quality during the upgrade.

It is likely that LTE will be the first truly global telecoms standard, as countries which have traditionally used alternative technologies like the US and Japan have also agreed to migrate to the standard.

Sounds Good, But What Does that Mean for My Business?

What it means for businesses is that smartphones will deliver real broadband internet to employees, and that allows you to add a greater level of flexibility for your workforce and customers – giving you a competitive edge.

In fact LTE is considered to be a 4th Generation technology (4G) and that means speeds of up to 100 Mb/s for mobile users. You can now stream video easily to a handset, so that a technician can remotely assess a problem for a client on the other side of the world. You can set up new mobile applications for full featured desktop style system connectivity on a phone.

Companies that recognize the commercial possibilities of long term evolution in their data plans, are going to have a serious competitive edge. You should be talking to your local carrier today to see when LTE will be in your area, and then working out how to harness the potential to delight and amaze your customers.