Many of us have heard the conversations around the rise in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies at work. For small businesses that can’t afford to foot the bill for employees’ mobile phones, laptops, tablets or whatever portable internet-connected device there is, BYOD can be a welcome relief on your budget. Some businesses, big and small, offer BYOD as an employee benefit and often provide allowances for devices and service contracts.
If you aren’t familiar with the BYOD jargon, it’s when companies permit employees to use personally owned mobile devices in their workplace. It has become a huge phenomenon – depending on what you read and the region in question, up to 75% of employees are on the BYOD bandwagon. Wikipedia outlines some of the obvious concerns over BYOD that have been discussed at length, ranging from security to privacy.
Beyond that however, there’s an indoor coverage issue, because BYOD puts pressure on businesses to ensure that devices are “always on” – indoors and out. Most of us already know how sporadic indoor signal coverage can be when using a smartphone. In a BYOD world however, those pesky dropped calls and other interruptions could end up being very bad for business.
The cellular infrastructure out there is pretty good at getting signals to the door. But providers haven’t got deep enough pockets to push strong enough signals past the concrete, steel beams and other things that can get in the way. So what’s a business owner to do?
A smart signal booster is one way to strengthen and stabilize your indoor signal. As long as the system is legit (i.e. authorized by your provider), it’s an economical and efficient way to solve coverage issues. In fact, AT&T and T-Mobile are among the 137 mobile operators in 66 countries that have authorized the Cel-Fi smart signal booster for use on their networks – which is a pretty good indicator of how important indoor coverage issues have become.
While Cel-Fi is developed to be operator specific, you can install two Cel-Fi systems in your office to ensure staff on either carrier network has a signal. (In a future blog post, we will explain how multiple Cel-Fi systems are used in one office to maximize the indoor signal.) There are also other indoor coverage options you can explore, including Wi-Fi calling.
Are you a believer in the BYOD approach? How has it helped or hindered your business?
By the Cel-Fi Team