No Internet Controls Can Cost You

I just returned from a trip to Europe where I was able to tour many old and historical sites. I happened to be staying in a medieval castle on the Rhine River during the night of the Euro 2012 soccer championships.The owner of the castle had one small tube TV, but he was unable to set it up so guests could watch the game. Eager to catch the action, one of the other guests from the United States decided to stream the game to his 4G phone. We certainly live in a connected world when you can get multi megabyte connections in a 900 year old building sitting on a mountain in a rural area. Then it struck me – what if he was using his work phone to stream the game?  Based on his personal usage, he could be racking up steep international roaming charges for his company!

Do you give your employees unfettered Internet access from their smartphones and tablets?  My real life example above shows that it can become very expensive.  Sixty minutes of HD video consumes around 300MB.  If roaming internationally, that hour could end up costing hundreds of dollars.

One way to control costs is to force all cellular-based Internet traffic into your office connection using either a VPN or an Access Point Name for routing. These approaches allow you to apply your office Internet access controls to mobile users. 

These benefits extend beyond pure cost control. It enables you to screen out access to other sites that may be inappropriate or unproductive.

My son ended up following Spain’s dismantling of Italy using a gamecast application on my personal smartphone. If my fellow video-streaming guest was using his work phone, I hope he does not work at your company.

Do you have a plan for keeping tabs on your employee’s Internet access? Could AT&T’s remote access services help you keep costs under control?
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