Last seen three generations ago in the Surface Pro 5, LTE has just made its long-awaited comeback in the latest Surface Pro 7+. Enabling users to connect seamlessly – even when out of Wi-Fi range and in nearly any country – LTE has been one of the most widely requested features from Surface users.
Some even defaulted to using earlier Surface Pro models (sacrificing other improved specs) to access LTE. The rapid shift to remote working last year proved to be the tipping point – with customers demanding flexible, connected devices with end-to-end security. With the Surface Pro 7+ Microsoft has delivered.
In this blog, we explore why organisations are switching to LTE, providing users with the flexibility to work seamlessly from anywhere.
Constant connectivity and communication are the essential tools powering the modern workforce. Without them, productivity grinds to a halt, profits plummet and staff understandably become frustrated. In fact, a recent survey found that 70% of Australian small businesses attribute poor connectivity to productivity loss1.
Of course, productivity loss then impacts the bottom line. Microsoft estimates that a lack of connectivity costs businesses $1,152 USD per year per user in lost productivity (based on an employee working 40 hours per week, at a salary of $50,000 USD annually)2.
With many employees still required to work from home in some capacity, connectivity challenges have become further widespread. While corporate Wi-Fi networks are generally more secure and reliable with higher bandwidths, home internet may not be spec’d for enterprise demands, resulting in an insufficient connection.
Distracted by a poor connection, workers must then troubleshoot problems, shift to another location or reconnect through a personal hotspot – all at a very real cost to worker productivity.
Enter the simplicity of LTE. Even in rural areas, LTE supports users with access to a speedy, reliable connection. It also allows users to easily move between different environments while maintaining high bandwidth, always-on connectivity and coverage.
LTE is just as relevant as workers untether themselves from their home setups and return to work – allowing users to work productively without interruption as they travel and meet customers offsite. Or, when international travel returns, users will be able to connect instantly from any country, as the Surface LTE devices are carrier unlocked and offer support for up to 20 LTE bands worldwide.
There are additional LTE features built in, as well. All current Surface LTE devices allow connection via nano-SIM or an embedded e-SIM so users can dynamically switch between either profile – which can be managed via tools such as Endpoint Manager.
And to add to the convenience, devices are ready to connect out of the box, with data plans added prior to deployment – meaning users can be up and running in minutes.
Workers on the go can often find themselves fitting in work along the way – in cafes, train stations and airports. But connecting to unsecured public Wi-Fi is exactly that: unsecure. Transmitting data over these types of connections leaves documents, presentations, emails and other files open to interception, modification and theft. Some of the most common attacks include:
Unsecured connections are a malicious hacker’s very own virtual playground, so to protect crucial data it’s best to steer clear of public Wi-Fi altogether. The Surface Pro 7+ with LTE means you never need to connect to a public network again, allowing you to stay both connected and safe no matter where you’re working.
Contact a Data#3 Surface Device Specialist to get your hands on the Surface Pro 7+ and experience the LTE difference for yourself.
1The Sydney Morning Herald (2020), Patchy internet costing Australia’s small businesses big [ONLINE]. Available here.
2Microsoft (2020), Four Ways to enable the Anywhere Office. [ONLINE]. Available here.