Mobile Communication: A Cutting Edge Technology


Wireless communication has diffused faster than any other
communication technology in history. To begin with, the most pervasive
technology in this field has been –Mobile
Phone which brought a wave of variations in the mode of communication.

 Within a span of
about 10 years Mobile telephony has moved from
being the technology of a privileged few to an essentially main stream
technology. It actually began to take off world wide in mid 90’s when the
ratio of mobile to land line phone went up from 1:34(1991) to about 1:8(1998).
By 2000 the ratio of mobile phone to land line phone rose to 1:2 and by 2003,
mobile phone subscriptions had overtaken mainline subscription for the first
time. Since then mobile phone subscriptions have continued to rise effectively
at a fast rate. With the passage of time mobile phones have not only become
substitutes for wired phones but have overshadowed them.

 There has been a significant increase in mobile phone
subscription in the past decade and mobile phones have outstripped fixed lines
in most countries. The main reason being that the mobile phones come with a
wealth of features like text messaging, email, internet access, games, music
playback, personal organizer, etc. The mobile phone technology is getting more
and more advanced with each passing day.

 Considering the importance of  WIRELESS
INTERNET –Although there are a variety of ways to access the internet
wirelessly( for example mobile phones, pagers, laptops, PDA’s) access via mobile phone has received
the most kind attention in the past few years , probably because mobile phone
is the primary mode used to remain connected with information and resources.

 It has been rightly quoted “With mobile phone in your hands the world is at your finger tips.”

 Furthur emphasizing
on the future of internet and communication it has been rightly said

“The future of the
internet and computing application is not going yo be in the home or at the
office ; its going to be MOBILE”

Clifford, Sybian


Secondly preference for asynchronous communication method
suits the fast & modern lifestyle. As we all know email is considered more
efficient, faster, cost effective and secured means of communication. Today’s
global workforce demands “anywhere, anytime” technology. Information
on the move is a necessity as well as an advantage.

 Emails brought us the freedom to communicate quickly with
anyone anywhere over the internet. Being the most cost effective and efficient
method to transmit all kinds of electronic data, it has become indispensable
for professionals, students and probably for everybody who has the need to
access emails while on the move.

  For modern enterprises, the benefits of
accessing emails on mobile are clear: it’s convenient and provides for new
opportunities, and they are an exceptionally effective way for workers to stay
connected with both colleagues and back-office information

It provides 1.
Increased employee productivity while away from the office.

Increased real time responsiveness to clients , customers partners or

 3. Great
convenience/enhanced user experience

Improved accessibility for employees traveling globally

Improved executive decision making

Ability to expand the use of mobile phones from voice to data applications.

Enhanced employee collaboration.

 8. Lower
cost of operations compared to mobile wireless laptops.

Increased ability to leverage existing I.T investments.

 Because of the versatility and portability of mobile phones
many major companies across the world that value instant integrated
communications are now issuing mobile phones, to their extended workforce. The
need of accessing corporate emails on the move growing day by day. Not only can
colleagues keep in touch by voice, they can also email and share files by
sending as attachments that otherwise would need to be sent via PC. Thus, the
majority of the mobile workforce has an inherent requirement for wireless
access to email account

 But still there are certain factors which prevent the
deployment of wireless email access on mobile phones like total cost of
ownership, security issues, device and net work compatibility.

 Recently I came across a unique email solution called email@mobile– a resourceful solution
for all enterprises.  It is basically
meant for those organizations who would like to
provide its employees with the facility of accessing their corporate/official
emails on the mobile but do not want to invest in purchasing high end mobile
phones, paying monthly subscription charges or giving their server access to a
third party.

software requires one time investment and installation of software on company’s
mail server or web-space provided for the website and  allows the company users to access their
corporate (POP3 and IMAP4) email boxes anytime, anywhere using any GPRS enabled
mobile phone, operational in any network and without having to install any
software on the handset.

 The use of workforce mobility and wireless communication can
help organisations move ahead in the new economy. Businesses have already
perceived the benefits of wireless

e-mail.The power of communicating with the world is at your
finger tips. The developments in the wireless telecommunications sector, have
transformed our dreams and fantasies regarding communication into a reality. It
is in fact redefining the ways in which we communicate and stay connected with
the world. Hopefully new developments in the field of mobile communication will
enhance the power in our hands.