February 10, 2021

Goodbye Wi-Fi. LTE is back in the all new Surface Pro 7+

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.

The productivity downswing of remote connectivity

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.

Enhance productivity with LTE

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.

Dodge the dangers of unsecured Wi-Fi

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:

  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) poisoning – The attacker takes over a local area network (LAN) and redirects any traffic on that network to their IP address, enabling them to intercept any data that comes over the LAN.
  • Wi-Fi Honeypots (also known as rogue hotspots) – These illegitimate wireless access point appear to be an authorised and secure hotspot, but instead trap unsuspecting visitors, stealing their sensitive information.

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.

Level-up device security

Access to secure, fast, 4G LTE networks is just the start – the Surface Pro 7+ is also jam-packed with unmatched security features, including:

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 – Provides hardware-based, security-related functions via a secure cryptoprocessor chip that helps generate, store and limit cryptographic key use.
  • Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM)– Allows you to secure and manage firmware settings and protect configurations from unauthorised tampering.
  • Device Encryption – Protects the data on your device so it can only be accessed by authorised people.
  • Windows Hello Enabled – Three times faster than a password, this feature securely logs you in with facial recognition.

Test drive the Surface Pro 7+

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.