Airtel Business, the B2B arm of telecom major Bharti Airtel, has launched new Work@Home solutions to provide business continuity for enterprises. These enterprise-grade solutions are designed to enable employees operate efficiently and securely from their homes.
The solutions comprise a range of connectivity options, including wired and wireless. Also bundled are security solutions and a host of immersive collaboration tools such as Google Meet, Cisco Webex, and Zoom. Better World sees this as a cost-effective means for enterprises to enable work-from-home (WFH) solutions for their employees, without the need for procuring additional VPN licenses separately.
With work from home becoming the new normal, enterprises are facing several issues to pause and rethink their existing work and workplace models. (Read: Work-from-home even after Covid-19 and What it takes to secure IT in Covid-19 era?). Robust internet connectivity remains a primary concern for all companies that have allowed their employees to work from home for an indefinite period.
“These are unprecedented times and businesses are adapting to the evolving environment with new way of working. For a large proportion of employees, working from their homes is set to become the new normal. Airtel Work@Home is yet another innovation to ensure that our B2B customers are able to empower their people with best-in-class connectivity and digital tools to drive business continuity,” said Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO-Airtel Business in an official statement.
Airtel has said that the new remote working solutions would be available as essential and add-on bundles and allow businesses to customize their own plans. Users are provided with an option to select ultrafast broadband with up to 1Gbps speed, high-speed 4G corporate Mi-Fi devices with complimentary G Suite pack, corporate postpaid mobile plans with complimentary G Suite Pack, 4G data SIM with complimentary G Suite, and MPLS over Airtel 4G. The solutions suite also includes a host of immersive collaboration tools such as Google Meet, Cisco Webex, and Zoom.
According to Airtel, Work@Home solutions provide the flexibility to bundle a wide range of services based on employee-specific remote connectivity requirements and bulk procurement on a company paid model. All its corporate customers are well supported by a dedicated call center and fault resolution teams
From a price standpoint, Airtel Corporate Broadband starts at Rs 799, Priority 4G Data SIM with Free G-Suite at Rs 399, and Corporate Mi-Fi with Free G-Suite with 50GB 4G data per month starting Rs 399 plus Rs 2,000 (one-time device cost). Interestingly, the company is also offering priority 4G network to all its platinum corporate postpaid customers and cutting-edge voice over Wi-Fi (VoWifi) technology for superior indoor coverage.
Airtel is not the first telco to repackage its solutions to make it more suitable for remote workers. Earlier this month, Reliance Jio had rolled out a new quarterly work-from-home plan, starting from Rs 999 with 3GB per day data benefit for 84 days and unlimited calling within its network. In the yearly category, it launched Rs 2,399 plan offers which offers 2 GB of high-speed internet data per day for validity of 365 days.