Enterprises are to be targeted with indoor base stations, cellular radio enhancements and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) by mobile telecoms operators in order to give them the edge as they battle with WLAN vendors, according to a new report by Analysys.
The report, ‘Seizing the Opportunities from Enterprise Mobility’, says that limited coverage and throughput and the relatively high prices of indoor cellular services make it difficult for mobile operators to satisfy enterprises’ requirements for mobility.
According to report co-author, Dr Mark Heath, the combination of three major technological developments could radically enhance the capabilities available to mobile operators, enabling them to make substantial improvements to their enterprise mobility solutions, and to fend off competing solutions from the WLAN community.
Key findings from the new report include: indoor base stations will significantly improve the coverage and performance of indoor cellular service; mobile technology enhancements, such as HSPA+ will increase the throughput and capacity of cellular systems to match those of WLANs, particularly with indoor base stations; IMS will give mobile operators the functionality they need to integrate and control their indoor base stations and to deliver the flexibility, sophistication and interworking between services that enterprises will expect.
“Armed with these new technologies, mobile operators are well placed to attack the mobile enterprise market”, commented co-author Dr Alastair Brydon. "For some enterprises, the simplicity and uniformity of a common cellular service in all environments will have major benefits”.