Vendor Newsletters | September 2012
TelePacific Named to Inc. 5000
TelePacific was named one of Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Private Companies for the sixth consecutive year. The annual list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America's independent entrepreneurs. With over $500 million in sales, TelePacific ranked fifth highest among telecommunications companies nationwide and first in California based on gross revenue. Across all industries, TelePacific ranked no. 89 based on gross revenue, and added 300 jobs over the past three years.
EoC Distance Extended to 17,000 Feet
We continue to increase our Ethernet over Copper (EoC) footprint and have several EoC initiatives underway that are delivering greater bandwidths at further distances for customers located in many California cities. In fact, we now are able to provision 2 Mbps EoC service to businesses that are nearly 16,000 feet away from the nearest TelePacific LSO (local serving office) and 1 Mbps up to 17,000 feet. This is significant because it means we can deliver T1-like speeds for less than a T1 usually costs customers whose locations are up to 17,000 feet away from one of our LSOs.
EoC utilizes twisted copper pairs that aren't being used for telephone lines, similar to a T1 service, to provide a dedicated Internet connection at speeds up to 35 Mbps, depending on the distance from an LSO. Customers whose locations are 7,500 feet away from an LSO have access to 12 Mbps. Customers whose locations are about 5,500 feet away from an LSO can get 20 Mbps.
EoC is faster and less expensive to deploy, easier and more flexible to scale, and just as reliable as TDM circuits but more resilient, which comes in handy in locations that sometimes have inclement weather. In Southern California, for example, the moisture from heavy rains frequently damages copper pair(s) and causes T1 outages while EoC preserves connectivity.
In fact, EoC makes so much sense economically and from a business continuity standpoint, many of our customers are converting from T1 access to EoC. If you would like to know more about EoC availability and capabilities in your business location, please contact your TelePacific representative.
Challenging the Business Case for BYOD
Larry Seltzer, Editorial Director for Byte, believes there is a lot more fallacy than truth to the arguments that BYOD policies save companies money and make them more productive. He lists the four primary arguments in favor of BYOD and explains what's wrong with them:
BYOD Saves Money: The issue isn't whether BYOD saves money; it's whether mobility makes money. It does, of course, but Seltzer stresses that companies do not have to go BYOD to go mobile. He then makes an interesting argument for an alternative model called COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled), originated by Philippe Winthrop of the Enterprise Mobility Forum. With COPE, the IT department provides employees with any mobile device they want as their work device, and finds a secure way for them to perform personal functions on said device.
BYOD means the employer does not have to pay for the device. But if they are only passing the device cost on to the employee and reimbursing for the plan, they are probably losing out because any money saved on devices will be dwarfed by the higher cost of the reimbursed consumer data plan relative to the discounted cost the employer would get for a corporate plan, not to mention the administrative burden of expense reimbursement.
BYOD Makes Users More Productive: This might be true, but it's really the mobile devices and the mobility policy at a company that makes users more productive, not BYOD itself. Moreover, the productivity benefit is semantically debatable: Most studies show that if companies allow employees to work on their mobile devices, they will do more work. But the reality is that employees simply work more with mobile devices than without. They're not working more productively. They're just working more, says Seltzer.
The Device is the Employee's Problem: Just because the device belongs to the employee doesn't mean the employer saves on support costs. If the employee relies on the device to do his or her job, it's the employer's responsibility to keep it working, and the employer will end up supporting it. Also, according to Seltzer, support costs are more expensive in a BYOD scenario than in a COPE scenario.
BYOD Helps Employee Retention: The logic here is that if companies want to retain employees, especially millennials, a BYOD program is imperative. But the Enterprise Mobility Forum's Brian Katz thinks this is nonsense. He argues that employees having their own device will do absolutely nothing to keep them at a company. In fact, he says it makes it easier for them to leave because their most personal piece of technology is theirs.
Katz adds that most companies are turning to MBYOD (managed BYOD programs), in which they arrange a group plan with a provider and make available a few choices of devices for employees. We've witnessed this trend for months, which is one of the reasons why we recently expanded our mobile portfolio of feature phones and smartphones. Quite simply, more of our customers are moving to MBYOD and we wanted to give their employees a wider selection of hand sets. If you would like to know more about our mobile group plans, devices and bundles, please contact your TelePacific representative.
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