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The traditional workplace environment is rapidly changing as today’s business professionals become more mobile. Tied to a desk, working the nine to five is no longer the norm as more professionals are on the go, in the field or at customer sites, if not working from home offices.

Among the factors changing the traditional workplace environment:
• Economic and environmental concerns are encouraging companies and business professionals to tele-work. In a recent report, Forrester Research states 21 percent of U.S. adults currently work from their home
• The booming opportunity for global business is here. Over 80 percent of business travel organizers polled at the 2008 Business Travel Show in Dubai believe business travel is set to increase exponentially over the next 12 months.

In these non-traditional work environments, communication tools are also changing. An example of this change is the replacement of landline telephones with cell phones. Research firm Harris Interactive found that one in five U.S. adults do not have landline phone service in their home, with most relying instead on cell phones for communication. In addition, for data communication, the mobility of data card-equipped laptops offers business professionals the flexibility that a cable-tethered computer does not.

Greater mobility is an asset for business professionals; however, current technology is frequently unreliable, and spotty cellular reception often interferes with smooth business communication, leaving professionals without access to e-mail, the Internet or the ability to place important calls. Dropped calls or limited access to a strong cellular signal can potentially ruin a sale, limit productivity and reduce efficiency.

With these challenges, it is important that business professionals adopt the right tools to help maintain seamless professional cellular signal communication in non-traditional work environments.

There are several tools for business professionals to consider, including cellular signal amplifiers and femtocells. Femtocell users, however, should assess the significant technology limitations including user subscription fees, single-carrier access, the necessity for a high-speed Internet connection and the fact that use of femtocells is restricted to homes, offices and other in-building environments. See our blog post on femtocells.

Cellular signal amplifiers (such as those manufactured by Wilson Electronics) do not require a subscriber fee or an Internet connection, fully support multiple carriers on multi-frequency bands, and are available in both mobile and in-building configurations.

As today’s work environments continue to evolve, business professionals require the ability to have flexibility and innovation to keep pace. This includes selecting the right tools enabling them to get the job done. Cellular signal amplifiers are one such tool that can help today’s mobile professionals stay connected and maintain the poise and professionalism the business world demands.

Contributed Blog – Enabling business communication
Contributor: Walt Brooks, Wilson Electronics

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