Mobile Communication: A Cutting Edge Technology

By: Monika Mehra
Wireless communication has diffused faster than any othercommunication technology in history. To begin with, the most pervasivetechnology in this field has been –MobilePhone which brought a wave of variations in the mode of communication.

?Within a span ofabout 10 years Mobile telephony has moved frombeing the technology of a privileged few to an essentially main streamtechnology. It actually began to take off world wide in mid 90’s when theratio of mobile to land line phone went up from 1:34(1991) to about 1:8(1998).By 2000 the ratio of mobile phone to land line phone rose to 1:2 and by 2003,mobile phone subscriptions had overtaken mainline subscription for the firsttime. Since then mobile phone subscriptions have continued to rise effectivelyat a fast rate. With the passage of time mobile phones have not only becomesubstitutes for wired phones but have overshadowed them.

?There has been a significant increase in mobile phonesubscription in the past decade and mobile phones have outstripped fixed linesin most countries. The main reason being that the mobile phones come with awealth of features like text messaging, email, internet access, games, musicplayback, personal organizer, etc. The mobile phone technology is getting moreand more advanced with each passing day.

?Considering the importance of ?WIRELESSINTERNET --Although there are a variety of ways to access the internetwirelessly( for example mobile phones, pagers, laptops, PDA’s) access via mobile phone has receivedthe most kind attention in the past few years , probably because mobile phoneis the primary mode used to remain connected with information and resources.

?It has been rightly quoted “With mobile phone in your hands the world is at your finger tips."

?Furthur emphasizingon the future of internet and communication it has been rightly said

The future of theinternet and computing application is not going yo be in the home or at theoffice ; its going to be MOBILE"

?----NigelClifford, Sybian

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Secondly preference for asynchronous communication methodsuits the fast & modern lifestyle. As we all know email is considered moreefficient, faster, cost effective and secured means of communication. Today'sglobal workforce demands "anywhere, anytime" technology. Informationon the move is a necessity as well as an advantage.

?Emails brought us the freedom to communicate quickly withanyone anywhere over the internet. Being the most cost effective and efficientmethod to transmit all kinds of electronic data, it has become indispensablefor professionals, students and probably for everybody who has the need toaccess emails while on the move.

??For modern enterprises, the benefits ofaccessing emails on mobile are clear: it’s convenient and provides for newopportunities, and they are an exceptionally effective way for workers to stayconnected with both colleagues and back-office information

It provides?1.Increased employee productivity while away from the office.

?2.Increased real time responsiveness to clients , customers partners orsuppliers.

?3. Greatconvenience/enhanced user experience

?4.Improved accessibility for employees traveling globally

?5.Improved executive decision making

?6.Ability to expand the use of mobile phones from voice to data applications.

?7.Enhanced employee collaboration.

?8. Lowercost of operations compared to mobile wireless laptops.

?9.Increased ability to leverage existing I.T investments.

?Because of the versatility and portability of mobile phonesmany major companies across the world that value instant integratedcommunications are now issuing mobile phones, to their extended workforce. Theneed of accessing corporate emails on the move growing day by day. Not only cancolleagues keep in touch by voice, they can also email and share files bysending as attachments that otherwise would need to be sent via PC. Thus, themajority of the mobile workforce has an inherent requirement for wirelessaccess to email account

?But still there are certain factors which prevent thedeployment of wireless email access on mobile phones like total cost ofownership, security issues, device and net work compatibility.

?Recently I came across a unique email solution called -- a resourceful solutionfor all enterprises. ?It is basicallymeant for those organizations who would like toprovide its employees with the facility of accessing their corporate/officialemails on the mobile but do not want to invest in purchasing high end mobilephones, paying monthly subscription charges or giving their server access to athird party.

?email@mobilesoftware requires one time investment and installation of software on company’smail server or web-space provided for the website and ?allows the company users to access theircorporate (POP3 and IMAP4) email boxes anytime, anywhere using any GPRS enabledmobile phone, operational in any network and without having to install anysoftware on the handset.

?The use of workforce mobility and wireless communication canhelp organisations move ahead in the new economy. Businesses have alreadyperceived the benefits of wireless

e-mail.The power of communicating with the world is at yourfinger tips. The developments in the wireless telecommunications sector, havetransformed our dreams and fantasies regarding communication into a reality. Itis in fact redefining the ways in which we communicate and stay connected withthe world. Hopefully new developments in the field of mobile communication willenhance the power in our hands.

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