It’s pretty clear that you can’t have truly Unified Communications without mobility. And let’s face it, if you don’t have ubiquitous coverage, you don’t really have mobility.
Now, you may be willing to accept the fact that if you’re hiking in Wyoming, or staying in a darling little bed and breakfast in very rural Maine, your coverage is not going to be sufficient to keep you fully connected to the office. But nowhere is it more frustrating to drop a call than when you’re on your own company’s campus, striding from one meeting to another or trying to use that spare couple of minutes to connect with a customer.
It’s surprising how many dead zones you can encounter in a building or between buildings, in the heart of Corporate America, where big, powerful, all-encompassing networks would seem to give you anything you need, anywhere you need it.
That’s one reason why Sprint was delighted to bring to market a new enterprise femtocell, the AIRAVE Pro Connect, which we announced November 10. Sprint is working with AirWalk Communications on the AIRAVE, an enterprise-grade CDMA femtocell that is a worthwhile addition to our in-building solutions portfolio.
The AIRAVE Pro Connect increases coverage and capacity for enterprises, campuses, government buildings, and other public venues. It is designed to reduce costs, speed deployments, and offload voice and data usage from the macro cellular network to the corporate network. That last feature is increasingly important as so many mobile devices now are competing for what is still a finite amount of capacity.
Getting specific, the AIRAVE Pro Connect is a 3G CDMA, dual-mode (1xEV-DO and 1xRTT) device that handles up to 32 data and 29 voice users simultaneously. It can also be deployed in clusters to support larger coverage areas.
Increasing mobile coverage while at the same time easing the load on the macro network is definitely the right approach in today’s business environment, where the number of operating mobile devices at any given time is pretty certain to exceed the number of employees. Yes, mobility is the key, and once again we turn to McGuire’s Law, that pithy bit of wisdom from Russ McGuire, which tells us that the value of any product, service, or process increases with its mobility.