Telecoms are rolling out and improving their 4G LTE networks at a rapid pace. Consumers and businesses have gravitated toward the high-speed wireless networking standard because of the considerable improvements it provides over 3G technologies.
With LTE projects, traffic and demand all scaling rapidly, operators need more assurance than ever that their internal and consumer-facing systems are secure and reliable. Malware, downtime and faulty setups are still serious threats to the network and can result in costly outages, disappointed customers and expensive support operations.
LTE, LTE-A deployments are evolving rapidly around the globe
In the U.K., a major telecom recently declared that it would implement LTE-Advanced coverage for the city of London over the next few months. The announcement coincides with the operators' ongoing setup and testing of two sites for service trials in December 2013.
The number of customers that are either already on the telecom's LTE networks or plan to rely on it is significant. It currently has at least 1 million LTE users and offers 4G service to more than 130 towns and cities in the country. Typical downlink speeds in these areas may top 30 Mbps.
However, businesses have pushed the operator to go a step further and rollout LTE-A to support intensive applications such as ERP systems. The preliminary LTE-A tests have resulted in downlink speeds of nearly 300 Mbps and the LTE-A initiative is targeting London's so-called Tech City sector that is home to many technology startups.
Under pressure to build and scale out high-speed infrastructure, telecoms need reliable reboot to restore software that protects all computers. With this solution, administrators can achieve near-zero downtime and mitigate common problems like unintentional malware downloads, workstation recovery issues and lost configurations.
At the same time, this software allows workstations to become thin clients that are an ideal fit for virtualized environments. Data centers and IT infrastructure will run more efficiently and ensure regular, cost-effective delivery of services.
Cellular-enabled tablets demonstrate diversification of telecom interests
In addition to advanced infrastructure, some operators are putting challenging projects on their plates. An American telecom plans to release a branded 7-inch tablet for the 2013-2014 holiday season.
The device is notable for not bearing OEM branding and for featuring cellular in addition to Wi-Fi. It will feature LTE service for consistent access to video chats and messaging.
Selling this tablet will require streamlined sales channels in which agents have clean, reliable laptops. Restore on reboot software keeps retail operations on track by wiping out unwanted changes and potential infections. Managers can also use this tool for more efficient management of Windows updates, ensuring that machines have access to the latest and fastest operating systems.