Why the always-on network is a default for the next wave of workers

Posted on August 06, 2018

Always On Network

It seems that millennials are almost born with a mobile phone or tablet in their hands.

The current generation is hooked on mobile technology, with 88 percent of Australians owning a smartphone and 66 percent of domestic households using a tablet to access the internet.

This translates to our working lives as well, with mobile devices being used as integral parts of our jobs.

This means we crave more data, higher speeds and the ability to work remotely at any time of the day using these mobile devices.

The data explosion

We are consuming more and more data on our mobile devices, and that is largely because of streaming services.

The number of Australians using their devices to stream TV and video and watching live TV has tripled in the space of one year.

This means that 43 percent of Australians regularly exceed their data limits — which equates to $313 million paid every year for extra data.

That in turn has led to a 6.4 percent rise in data inclusions dished out by service providers for mobile devices.

Workin' 9 to 5 — not the way to make a livin'

Australians are changing the way they work, leading to a rise in the use of mobile devices to complete tasks.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, almost a third (3.5 million) of all employed persons regularly work from home.

"Forty-two percent of those who regularly work from home cited catching up on work as the main reason," ABS director of labour market analytics Jennifer Humphrys said.

"A further 20 percent regularly worked from home because they wanted an office but didn't want to pay rent or overheads."

On top of this, one in five Australians do shift work. And Australia is the world’s biggest supplier of online freelance workers per capita, meaning more and more people are electing to work their own hours, at locations of their choosing.

The need to be connected

WIth even more people connecting from wherever they are, the pressure on business networks is greater than ever to ensure there is the right balance of access, and security.

Increasingly solutions like Cloud Gateways are becoming the norm to deliver reliable, effective access to corporate infrastructure with the security safeguards to ensure that only those that should get the access - can.

Creating network solutions that cater to anywhere connectivity

Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company, servicing customers in nearly 25 countries on six continents.

That means the workforce is spread out, constantly in motion and often working in remote locations.

Previously, that meant around 80 users were sharing a single 128kbps ISDN or 256Kbps satellite connection for all data services at each site — which meant it could take up to 10 hours to send an email.

This was a workforce that needed mobile and remote access to data at high, reliable speeds. Vocus implemented fully integrated voice and data communications under one provider with provisions in place for the data needs of the future.

"We are owned by a US company and we have people who travel widely. Now they don’t have to make international phone calls to check their voicemail. It just shows up in their email inbox," Peabody Energy manager information systems David Coleman said.

For more information on linking your mobile devices to your network, contact Vocus on 1300 88 99 88.

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