New network by KT makes working from afar easierKT, the second-largest wireless carrier, will launch an LTE-based mobile network service for businesses to enable workers outside of the office to get access to their company’s intranet and internal computing system via smartphone.
The telecommunications provider said on Tuesday that the service, dubbed Enterprise LTE, is the first in the industry to offer a dedicated line between workstation and worker wherever he or she may be.
The network’s dedicated cable offers more enhanced security than Wi-Fi or a Wibro-based Internet connection since it is separated from networks, according to KT.
“Both workers and companies face inconveniences when it comes to communicating with each other and carrying out tasks while not in the office,” said Kang Guk-hyun, managing director of KT’s marketing division.
“The service is aimed at addressing this issue. Companies will have enhanced security while workers can easily get access to different corporate systems without having to pay for that data,” he said during a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul.
KT already provides the service to Posco, the country’s largest steel company, and Hyundai Heavy Industries, the country’s largest shipbuilder.
Posco is headquartered in Pohang, North Gyeongsang, where its massive steel plants run, but workers often move between Pohang and Seoul because the marketing and public relations offices are located in the capital.
“Posco needed a comprehensive network service that would seamlessly link workers on the move with the corporate system,” said Lee Moon-hwan, an executive vice president at KT.
To use the network, employees need only download and activate an application on their smartphone.
KT is encouraging businesses to purchase data for the network in bulk, saying the service can save companies up to 88 percent compared to conventional network services.
As convenient as the service may be, it is only accessible to workers who are KT subscribers. The service comes in three different options depending on where the company needs it, including nationwide coverage and limited-area options.
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