PC World Business (PCWB) has predicted a massive surge in the adoption of wireless technology by UK businesses this year.
Richard Harrison, services director at PCWB, said: “After a few years of hesitation, businesses are now taking to wireless technology. The benefits are clear, especially for the new breed of businesses that need to be flexible, mobile and have the ability to scale up and down quickly.
“With the cost of wireless technology coming down rapidly, we predict that 2005 will see the tipping point for wireless adoption in UK plcs.”
PCWB said it has seen a 57 per cent uplift in its wireless product sales in the year to date.
Three quarters of UK businesses are actively using some form of wireless technology according to a survey conducted for PCWB. Of those, 51 per cent are using wireless LAN (WLAN) systems and 28 per cent are using Wi-Fi for connectivity outside the office.
The survey revealed that 62 per cent of companies are using the 802.11g iteration of the Wi-Fi standard, which promises 54Mbps throughput, while 14 per cent of businesses are still on the older and slower 11Mbps, 802.11b standard.
Keith Humphreys, managing consultant at EuroLAN, said: “Businesses are using WLAN but mainly as an adjunct to their wired LANs. I think the take-up has already happened.”
Pierre Lams, co-founder of wireless and mobility reseller Handheld PCs, said: “Products like the BlackBerry were originally adopted at executive level. Having witnessed the benefits of wireless first hand, executives are now rolling out wireless technology among the rest of their staff, and they are wanting to do more than just access email wirelessly.”
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