24 November 2017
Virgin Media Business is set to launch a new service allowing workers in the field to remotely connect into their corporate network using a mobile device.
For the very first time, Business Anywhere will provide direct mobile data access into a company’s network by linking directly into a business’ corporate network (IPVPN). The new technology means that staff can take their company’s private network with them wherever they go.
The new service could benefit a third of the workforce with research from Strategy Analytics finding that 1 in 3 workers are now expected to work remotely. Business Anywhere will work seamlessly across connected SIM enabled laptops, mobiles, tablets and other devices with sectors as diverse as healthcare, social services, engineering, sales and professional services all set to benefit.
Business Anywhere, which is launching in January, uses the EE mobile network to provide a resilient and direct connection into a business’ IPVPN. Using any connected SIM enabled mobile device, remote workers will be able to connect into their corporate network without needing to manually verify their device. This secure end-to-end solution provides the most streamlined remote user experience on the market.
Until now, remote workers have had to go without important documents and systems, or use cumbersome and costly user verification tokens to access work files and customer or patient records when they’re on-the-go. This new system does away with time-consuming and awkward verification processes, replacing user-authentication with automatic SIM card authentication. Once activated, the SIM creates a direct link into a company’s IPVPN using part of the existing wired line. Mobile data is routed automatically into this private network, removing the need to log-on or for the user to manually verify the device.
Rob Orr, Executive Director - Sales, for Virgin Media Business, said:
> We know that businesses want simple, secure IT solutions that just work. Business Anywhere allows remote workers to access everything they need to collaborate while away from the office. It sets a new standard for remote working by allowing people to carry their corporate network with them wherever they go. Our customers will no longer be constrained by the physical footprint of their office, staff will spend less time travelling, improving productivity whilst cutting costs.
Because the new system doesn’t require bespoke software to be developed and can be managed as part of a company’s existing private network, Business Anywhere can be set up in weeks not months. The system is easily scalable and using a portable WiFi router, can be used to set up secure, connected pop-up-offices on the fly.
About Virgin Media Business
We provide internet, data and telephone services to UK businesses and the public sector. We have more than 50,000 customers, most of which are small and medium enterprises. We also partner with the public sector: with local councils and thousands of schools to improve connectivity in communities and support learning, and with the emergency services to enable them to efficiently perform their life-saving skills.
Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve more than 59 million subscribers in more than 30 countries - connecting people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.
Our dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through Project Lightning – the single biggest private investment in UK internet infrastructure in over a decade – to bring our ultrafast broadband network to more homes and businesses around the UK and Ireland.