4G LTE – the faster way to do business
The 4G LTE standard for the wireless communication of high-speed data has already been implemented by businesses in countries such as the US and Germany. Recently launched in Singapore, the high-speed data service (which provides up to 5 times faster data speeds than traditional 3G networks) can greatly benefit your business. Here’s a quick look how:
Greater mobility for your workforce – 4G will let your employees to get more done on the go. You can cut down on unnecessary trips back to the office and even use 4G devices to hold high definition video calls with clients or virtual teams.
Back up devices on the go – The days of coming back into the office and backing up your device are well and truly over. With 4G, you can automatically back-up all your documents, images, settings and address books whenever and wherever you are.
Give your marketing a boost – An effective way to market a small business is to create online videos. These videos are usually large in file size, so uploading them was a problem. With 4G, you can upload these videos to Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, improving your business’ online visibility and help capture the human element behind your company.
Reduce wait-time for downloading data – Downloading an image-heavy attachment often takes too long. A 20MB document, for instance, will take on average of 8.2 seconds to download with 3G. Downloading the same attachment using 4G will reduce this wait to less than a second on average.
Nurture a good work-life balance culture – The potential to work remotely can help increase your employees’ work-life balance, allowing them to avoid traffic or long commutes. Instant connectivity to your work network means that your staff will always have the access they need to crucial documents at a moment’s notice. This can lead to an increase in productivity and a happier workforce.
NFC – the new smartphone payment
Supported at over 30,000 retail points, Near-Field Communication (NFC) is the technology that allows customers to use their mobile phones to make payments with a simple tap on the reader (much like the EZlink card/reader). Three different types of payments – credit, prepaid, and stored-value – will be made available for all NFC-enabled mobile phones.
What NFC can do for you:
Reduce transaction times – Contactless payment systems cuts down on the time a customer needs to wait in line, and at the register. For businesses with limited staff on hand, this can be the difference between getting through a line quickly versus watching disgruntled customers leave before making a purchase to avoid long waits.
Pre-loaded reward points – Having loading reward points cards and coupons on a customer’s smartphone means less hassle digging out physical coupons at the register. This ensures that the customer still earns points for every transaction, while building brand loyalty through a rewards programs that is simple to use.
Keeps you up-to-date with the latest in the technology – Depending on your business, customers will appreciate a store that embraces the latest in technology. For example, a store selling electronics or a computer repair shop can gain a good reputation of being a fast adopter of technology, leading to higher sales.
Greatly increases potential customer base – As more and more retailers adopt NFC in their payment modes, businesses might find that potential customer might favour businesses that facilitate NFC-made payments. This is very much similar to the introduction of NETS, and how it picked up and eventually became available across most retail outlets across the country.