On Wednesday, Panasonic unveiled its P.180 connectivity service—an end-to-end connectivity platform offering LTE internet for workers in the field that use Panasonic Toughbooks.
By bringing connectivity under a centralized service, it could lead to more predictable pricing and help get rid of roaming fees, according to a press release.
P.180 is also designed to be a scalable solution, offering connectivity for workforces of any size and creating a central hub for organizations looking to extend their reach into the Internet of Things (IoT).
"Increasingly, we've seen customers with highly mobile workforces looking for a seamless, reliable solution that ensures connectivity here in the U.S. and around the world," Victoria Obenshain, vice president of wireless strategy at Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, said in the release. "With Panasonic P.180 connectivity service, we're answering that need with a service backed by the Panasonic legacy of delivering intuitive, responsive products that demonstrate a deep understanding of how work gets done."
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The P.180 service network is powered by Cubic Telecom's eSIM technology and global connectivity platform, which spans more than 180 countries and nearly 25 mobile operator partnerships, with 60 full LTE network integrations worldwide, according to the release.
"In today's era of always-on, real-time communication, seamless and reliable connectivity is vital for business productivity," Barry Napier, CEO of Cubic Telecom, said in the release. "By combining Cubic's innovative software and global communications platform with Panasonic's world-class mobility solutions, organizations can empower their global workforces to achieve new levels of efficiency and effectiveness."
P.180 is designed to work with Panasonic's Toughbooks, which are rugged mobile devices that run on Windows 10 and are designed to take advantage of the latest enterprise mobility features at the operating system level, according to the release.
The service will also offer insights into mobile data trends, as well as control over mobile data permissions, the release noted. "The Panasonic P.180 service management portal is custom designed to ensure that IT administrators can easily manage the P.180 solution on behalf of their company and end users," according to the release. "Organizations looking to enable global, wireless connectivity will have access to a customizable interface that drives information management, delivers workforce insights and ensures continuity of connection worldwide."
The Panasonic P.180 connectivity service will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017, the release said.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
1. Panasonic's new P.180 connectivity service is an end-to-end connectivity platform that provides LTE internet for workers in the field that use Panasonic Toughbooks.
2. The P.180 service network is powered by Cubic Telecom's eSIM technology and global connectivity platform, which spans more than 180 countries and nearly 25 mobile operator partnerships, with 60 full LTE network integrations worldwide.
3. The P.180 service aims to provide a seamless user experience that will increase productivity and improve the customer experience.
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