You might wanna look at these internet solutions before you pick a WiFi provider for your business!
In one way or another, we all need the internet to do our jobs today. To ensure that the world keeps running as it should, businesses need uninterrupted internet access throughout the day. But finding the right internet provider in the first place and then making sure your internet stays up and running can be a challenge of its own.
Companies need to set up complicated internet gear and ensure its upkeep. They also have to establish a working relationship with their internet service providers. The following startups have created unique business-specific WiFi solutions to meet your needs—be it accessing high-speed internet or providing free WiFi to customers.
Having high-speed internet is a major requirement for businesses. Corporate WiFi connections need to be able to support the needs of the entire office without slowing down. Fortunately, we now have WiFi 6, which is an upgraded version of WiFi that comes with high-speed connectivity and low bandwidth congestion. This version can support up to four times better performance than its predecessors.
To access this new upgraded form of internet, companies can avail the services of the China-based information technology startup H3C. H3C provides partnered businesses with WiFi 6 routers (high-speed internet with low bandwidth congestion) that support speeds of up to 5Gbps (billion bits per second).
With the advent of remote working, a lot of people today like to work from cafes and restaurants. So businesses like these hoping to make themselves an attractive spot to work in have to make sure that they have a good internet connection. This is where i2e1 comes in.
i2e1 is an India-based startup helping small businesses give free WiFi to their customers. The company says that small businesses invest in internet connections but are unable to make use of more than 10% of the internet they have at their disposal. So, i2e1 allows them to share the other 90% of their internet with customers by converting it into a branded network that customers can access by logging in through their phone numbers. The company also has a platform for consumer relations management where partnered businesses can study customer behavior and learn how to target them better.
Another company that provides a similar service is the UK-based WiFi analytics platform Purple. The company allows businesses to get a comprehensive idea of what is going on in their space by using data collected from WiFi sensors, point of sale (PoS) devices and closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.
Using all of this data, businesses can get a clear understanding of their customer base and improve their sales tactics to acquire new customers and accelerate growth. It also comes with a social responsibility dashboard which allows businesses to track how many customers they have in their locations at a particular time to ensure that they remain compliant with customer safety regulations.
Meter is a U.S.-based startup that simplifies the process of setting up corporate WiFi connections. For US$0.15 per square foot of office space per month, Meter does everything, from setting up the required hardware to maintaining active internet connectivity.
While a business might typically not feel comfortable giving up control over its WiFi setup, the simplicity of having everything set up for you is too hard to pass. What makes Meter even more attractive to businesses is that, instead of bearing the heavy infrastructure costs of setting up WiFi networks, all businesses have to do now is pay a monthly fee and rest easy. The company has been successful in gaining investor interest and has raised US$38 million in its latest round of funding. It intends to use these funds to meet the needs of its growing customer base.
Juniper Networks is a U.S.-based networking solutions company that has created an artificial intelligence (AI) solution, called Mist AI, to deal with corporate WiFi management. Companies can use Mist and automate internet technology (IT) tasks. Mist facilitates the addition of new devices onto the network by allowing companies to seamlessly create new keys to the company network instead of making separate private networks for each user. It also supports WiFi 6 and allows companies to easily change access policies and make certain websites inaccessible through the company network.
As technology continues to integrate into every aspect of our lives, internet access has become less of a luxury and more of a necessity. This is especially true for businesses that not only need their internet connection to be steady but also secure so as to prevent data leaks and hacks.
The global WiFi market is expected to reach US$25.2 billion by 2026. As the sector continues to grow, more innovative solutions—like the ones we mentioned above—will continue to enter the market to help businesses simplify WiFi integration. Keeping yourself updated with these solutions will help you stay ahead of the curve in implementing new technologies into the workplace.
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