How Companies Can Bring Mobility Costs Under Control?

Controlling mobility costs isn’t a simple thing and companies often need to manage services, devices and users throughout their operations. They also need to reconsider provisioning and procurement details through specific deployments, testing and configurations. One indicator that they need to consider is cost per user and this should become visible for both users and managers. There are tools that they need to monitor, measure and report metrics. Companies often need to be aware of 3G deployments for each individual, based on local and international coverage. It could also be important to know who use paid or free Wi-Fi services. They often need to know who heavy-weight users are and who light users are. It is also important to consolidate information across devices and networks. Policy enforcement is essential to bring utilization levels and costs under control. Any business policy should include costs of blocking and limiting connections. They need to limit overall usages and enforce any kind of cost-effective alternatives.

Secure connection behaviours can ensure improved risk mitigations and users should employ sufficient Wi-Fi protection mechanisms. Centralized controls of mobile experiences may seem like something restrictive, but it is perhaps the most effective way to optimize, mediate and manage mobile experiences. Such control measures could actually help to improve reliability of the network. There will be less downtimes and it is possible to further improve network resources. It is a goal of any network administrator to reach cost-effective price points, which can be associated with the best possible experience. If the network is particularly large, it would be necessary to simplify the connection and selection processes. Finally, there could be a need to automate and simplify the security mechanisms, as well as proper behaviours that policies require. We need to consider cost reduction opportunities, which may include avoiding international charges. These days, international roaming charges can be particularly high, up to $15 per megabytes.

For this reason, we should prevent travelling executives to get roaming data access, because it could contribute much of the overall mobile data costs. After substantial trips to other countries, companies could be affected by surprisingly high roaming charges. The problem could get worse when users subscribe to the more expensive LTE or LTE-A connections. In this case, roaming activities should be visible through real time alerts that users can send. Multi-layer controls can detect and disable roaming connection. Connections should be routed to least expensive options, although they may not necessarily be the slowest and the least reliable. Travelling employs should be encouraged to look for free Wi-Fi connections if they are available nearby. Another way to reduce mobility cost s by reallocating or eliminating underused 3G subscriptions. Some 3G subscriptions could have less than 30 percent monthly utilization and it is probably a good idea to combine three users in one account to reduce costs. After performing all these tasks, it is important to create monthly utilization reports to further fine-tune the whole effort.

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