Virgin Media Business (VMB) has unveiled a new 3G router designed to offer secure access from remote locations and act as a back up to wired connections to meet the requirement from businesses for constant connectivity.
The IPVPN 3G router is designed to ensure that a worker can get a connection to their network from any location, as long as a power socket is available, by plugging in the router that will then broadcast a 3G signal.
Director of product at VMB, Duncan Higgins, said the firm had introduced the product in an effort to meet three key requirements among businesses.
“First, for locations in harder to reach areas where fixed connectivity is lacking, this is a good way of offering a secure VPN access point to the network to provide a connection,” he told V3.
“Secondly, it means customers can have a secure back up access point to their fixed network. Thirdly, for customers awaiting fixed access, this can be used as a temporary access point for their devices.”
The service can draw on 3G signal from any of the UK’s major three operators, EE, Vodafone, but Higgins said it was hard to guarantee a particular speed as it would be dependent on the location within which it was used.
The router does not turn the 3G signal into a Wi-Fi hotspot, so any device would either need 3G connectivity as standard or a dongle device.
Pricing was also not available as the firm said it would depend on a customers' specific requirements on taking the product as part of its wider VPN offerings.
The router has been in use by some customers for around two weeks prior to the announcement of its wider availability from Thursday and Higgins said feedback so far had been positive from those using the device, for the reasons outlined above.
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