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Consider All Your Indoor Cellular Options

Consider All Your Indoor Cellular Options

WiFi may seem like the obvious choice to meet your mobility needs but it comes with costs and responsibilities that may be surprising. Ownership of mobile applications typically falls 100% on enterprise IT professionals. In-building cellular can be a smart solution that eliminates numerous operational risks for enterprise IT. There are several factors to consider when determining the best indoor connectivity strategy for your building.

Connect with us today to figure out which indoor connectivity option is right for you!

Wi-Fi vs. Cellular: The Breakdown

Reliable Connections
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi reliability depends on design and configurations
  • Ability to handover live calls between indoor and outdoor cellular networks may require special software and support
OF MOBILE LTE CALLS STAY CONNECTED INDOORS OR WHEN LEAVING OR ENTERING A BUILDING
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Extended Battery Life
battery Cellular
  • Connecting to in-building cellular vs. distant towers significantly increases battery life
Wi-Fi
  • Maintaining connection to both distant tower and Wi-Fi reduces battery life
  • Radio transmitters are a major power drain on mobile devices

 

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No Configuration Required
battery Cellular
  • Mobile devices automatically work with LTE signal
  • No set up by IT or device owner necessary
Wi-Fi
  • IT support and potential infrastructure software licensing costs
  • Upfront IT installations on devices based on security requirements
  • Continued service desk and end-user computing support for issues

 

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Tighter Security
sheild Cellular
  • Limiting access to VPN termination points reduces risk of undetected breaches
Wi-Fi
  • Connecting malware-infected semi-managed mobile devices to enterprise Wi-Fi can open the door to undetected network incursions via LTE
OF NETWORK BREACHES GO UNDETECTED FOR MONTHS OR LONGER
(Source: Verizon)
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Effortless Functionality
Cell phone Cellular
  • Internet access isn’t inhibited by an enterprise firewall
  • App stores, streaming, and other services are always available
Wi-Fi
  • Firewalls may block apps and services
  • Limits customer flexibility and productivity in today’s always-on world
2016 MOBILE INTERNET USE SURPASSED LAPTOP AND PC in 2016
(Source: StatCounter)
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Native Voice Call Support
voice over wifi Cellular
  • LTE networks are designed for security and mobility
Wi-Fi
  • VoWi-Fi set up may require protocols prohibited by information security
  • More infrastructure required to support VoWi-Fi compared to data-only Wi-Fi networks

 

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Minimal IT Responsibility
network Cellular
  • Limited to reporting issues with indoor signal
  • Almost no customer support necessary
Wi-Fi
  • IT assumes responsibility for entire “last mile” indoor network
  • Need to develop processes, tools, and training for service desk and end-user computing
  • Network and firewall monitoring
  • Mobile devices can double number of network devices
  • Additional licenses may be required for network infrastructure

 

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Designed for Mobility
car Cellular
  • LTE proven effective and reliable by billions of customers every day
Wi-Fi
  • Network must be designed and configured to support mobility

 

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Let me help you navigate in-building cellular!

Whether you need help with current data demands or planning for the future, we can help.

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