But until recently it was also problematic. While it wasn’t a problem when working from a home or office it could be an issue when working from say a coffee shop – which might have caps or costs attached to its Wi-Fi, if it had public Wi-Fi at all, or when in the field, where previously your only option would often be 3G, which is just too slow to support a stable connection.
4G solves all of those problems though. It’s fast enough to reliably use for video conferencing, it’s easy to use and get set up with as it just relies on your normal mobile data, it’s increasingly widespread and it’s affordable too. Costs vary depending on network and tariff, but with a low quality video call using around 270MB of data an hour it’s not going to break the bank.
ITProPortal recently pointed this out, while also highlighting the new ways in which video conferencing can be used as a result of 4G. Because as so many people have 4G and can access it both indoors and outdoors it could be used for example for a member of the public to show the emergency services a wound in the event of an accident or for engineers to show off-site staff the construction work.
It could similarly be beneficial to other field work, for example customers could show an electrician or plumber a problem before they arrive so they know what they’re dealing with and what tools to bring. In some cases it could even allow for the problem to be solved remotely.
As coverage becomes greater more and more people are likely to rely on 4G for working and collaborating, and with even faster data in the form of LTE-A already available in some places and 5G on the horizon mobile data is only going to become an even more vital tool.