December 04, 2012
Enterprise Solutions and the Battle Between In-Building Cellular and Wi-Fi
By Susan J. Campbell
TMCnet Contributing Editor
As the enterprise looks to incorporating wireless technology into the workplace, there are two options available: In-Building or Wi-Fi. In-Building takes the cellular Internet signal and sends it around an entire building, while Wi-Fi uses an access point to wirelessly transfer the building’s landline Internet service. Both options have the end user in mind, but vary drastically on how to create the optimal wireless experience through enterprise solutions.
A recent Panduit white paper examines the two choices in enterprise solutions, comparing the pros and cons of each. For instance, In-Building Wireless has redundant Internet access and reduced signal interference but at what cost? Between the initial investment for antennas, transmission lines and coaxial cable installations, there’s little in the budget for the high subscription fees.
Compared to landline Internet, companies pay, on average, more for their cellular data services. It’s also a service that is not easily shared by multiple users, so costs will increase even more for simple maintenance of the service. When budget pressures are heightened within the enterprise, it can be difficult to justify any kind of investment in enterprise solutions.
Transmission rates should also be considered. Wi-Fi has a transmission rate of about 54 Mb/s to 300 Mb/s where as cellular data is limited to approximately 30 Mb/s. This could mean that employees trying to use their new tools in the workplace could have trouble loading images during a video conference.
Wi-Fi isn’t without its disadvantages, but the positives appear to far outweigh the negatives in terms of service. Likewise, the total cost of ownership is significantly lower that the In-Building Wireless option. The biggest advantage is Wi-Fi’s ability to adapt and move forward with technology. It is very likely to be the powerhouse enterprise solution for the wireless industry.
Today, one of the biggest constraints of Wi-Fi is phone calls. A game changer could be that applications are created to allow calls to be placed on the mobile device using Wi-Fi. This move would not only reduce the cost of communications, it would also extend the value of the mobile plans supporting the mobile workforce.
In today’s work environment it is increasingly important to stay connected. Most people expect to be online at all times, whether that’s collecting data for a business meeting or checking Facebook (News - Alert) (News - Alert) to see pictures of a friend’s vacation. This is made possible by adopting technology.
Companies recognize the fact that this growing technology trend can be an advantage to productivity. Tools like Web conferencing and instant messaging can only make business better. But to do this, a good foundation has to be put in place. This is where Panduit’s enterprise solutions step in and help companies to realize their potential and set goals to get them to the next level.
Panduit is a proven player when it comes to physical enterprise networks. Their integrated solutions are proven to minimize costs and enhance data management while developing enterprise solutions for logical network systems and physical infrastructures, including wireless applications. In doing so, the company is providing the necessary solutions to enable progressive companies to embrace next generation technologies.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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