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This Week in Mobility – 1st May 2015

May 1, 2015

Welcome back to another mobility roundup and wow have we got a lot to cover! Unless you’ve been in a WiFi not-spot for the past week you’ll be well aware of all the Apple Watch excitement. Amid the storm of app releases, Good Technology have launched an enterprise mobility management app for it.

Are we about to see the work environment condense to an even smaller screen? Is seems the telecoms industry continues to coalesce, with speculation that Vodafone may takeover Liberty Global, the owner of Virgin Media. Meanwhile, anyone who still hasn’t made the switch to 3G needn’t worry, this week we saw reports that operators might stick it out with 2G, retiring their 3G infrastructure first. The benefits of doing voice over LTE, with 4G clearly outweigh the costs of maintaining a 3G service.

Speaking of mobile service, if you’re a regular flyer you may want to switch to EE, who apparently have the best signal at London airports. While it may seem slightly irrelevant, as mobile working becomes ever more commonplace in the capital, remaining connected right up until take-off could be a growing deal-breaker.

Of course, once you get on the flight you might just find that you’ve been grounded due to a mobility failure. American Airlines reported this week that some flights were delayed due to issues on the pilot’s iPads meaning the flights had to go back to the gate. The iPads negate the need for up to 16kgs of paperwork. Saving an estimated 400k gallons of fuel a year.

Finally, Vodafone Foundation announced they’re sending ‘Mobile Network in a Backpack’ to aid relief efforts in Nepal. The packs will help support much needed communications. The Vodafone volunteers will also support local network operators in restoring their permanent services.

What are your thoughts on this week’s headlines? Are you considering smart watches for your business? Have you had signal trouble while working at airports? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below, or tweeting @Graham Franklin or @CiscoUKI.


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