What Is 4G?
4G, as the name suggests, is the 4th generation of mobile phone technology – and the current industry standard. 4G was preceded by 3G, 2G and 1G.
1G refers to the first mobile phones (y’know, those giant ones from the 80’s).
2G describes mobile phone technology from the 90’s onwards, so we’re talking text messaging, MMS and, um, Snake.
3G emerged in the late 90’s, but really came into it’s own during more recent times. 3G enables tasks like surfing the net and making video calls.
4G is much faster (about three times as much), and allows far more users onto a network at once.
5G, in case you wondered, will be here very soon, but for now 4G is where it’s at.
There are two main types of 4G, these are known as Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) and 4G Advanced (4G LTE-Advanced). 4G LTE-Advanced offers roughly twice as much download speed as 4G LTE. However, this increased speed is still affected by variables such as network, region and the country the phone is being used in.
What are the Benefits of 4G?
The benefits of 4G are many and numerous. 4G, of course, is pretty important for any business, seeing as how it is standard fare these days.
4G can be a very useful interim solution for businesses based in areas that do not already benefit from high-speed broadband.
Security is also greatly improved via the use of 4G technologies. Businesses can recover from disasters much more quickly and effectively, as it now takes only a couple of hours to set up a fully connected office space from which to work.
4G is also much faster and more reliable than 3G, and makes remote working and working from home a far more realistic prospect (NOTE: this is especially important due to current events – and if you don’t know what is meant by that, then you must have been living in a cave since last year…Also, if you HAVE been living in a cave since last year, you should probably just stay there).
What is PoC?
A Push-to-Talk over cellular (PoC) setup allows its user to contact multiple people at the same time via a 4G-network connection. One person can use a device’s PTT (push to talk) feature to contact multiple groups of people simultaneously.
Essentially, PoC combines the best aspects of modern mobile phones with those of two-way radios.
How Does PoC Work?
Each radio is fitted with a sim card; this will be similar to the one you’ll find in your phone. Instead of exchanging radio messages, the radios transmit and receive mobile data the way a phone would.
There are at least a couple of major benefits to this approach. PoC is faster, it offers a higher quality of service and it allows users access to features such as group calling, as well as a number of other applications which are usually available only through private (and therefore pricey!) PMR networks.
More good news for PoC users is that the current infrastructure employed by UK mobile providers (EE), also provides the infrastructure to support the new 4G Emergency Services Network, which will be available exclusively for the PoC network.
Is PoC Right For Me?
The answer to this question really depends on how critical communications systems are to your business, or to that of your customer. Remember, there are factors that can inhibit the smooth operation of 4G, just as there are factors that negatively affect the function of two-way radios.
If your business is based in a country with poor mobile phone coverage, or if your base of operations is a remote, rural area, then PoC may not be right for you. In some cases, PoC networks may go down for brief periods, or experience signal degradation. Some areas have bad mobile coverage, while some have no coverage at all. All of this must be carefully considered when choosing PoC.
PoC probably works best in an urban environment where there is excellent coverage. If communications technology is not absolutely vital to the function of the business in question, then PoC is an efficient, cost effective option. If this is not the case, and the communication system is heavily relied upon, then a private PMR system is still the best choice.
What are the Benefits of PoC?
PoC provides a fast, efficient communication solution for modern businesses. It is an interesting alternative to a two-way radio setup.
There’s n4o need to apply for a license, to cite just one benefit – and communication is not limited to any particular area or region as it is with a radio network. In fact, anywhere that is served by a mobile network provider can be accessed by PoC technology.
The key thing is to consider how much talk time and/or data usage your company (or customers) actually need, as well as how well served your base of operations is by high-speed Internet.
In the right circumstances, PoC can be a powerful tool, offering increased productivity and performance – and for that alone, it is worth your consideration.
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