Enterprises turn to netbooks for mobile functionality
Usage of enterprise mobile devices is set to rise by 56% between 2008
and 2014 as organizations recognise the cost reductions and
productivity gains that can be achieved, according to a study by from
Juniper Research. Enterprise-grade applications and services are
dependent on access to high-capacity networks and Juniper
reckons that the proportion of devices connected to 3.5G and 3.9G
networks will rise from 13% last year to nearly 80% in 2014.
Revenues from enterprise users will grow to US$248 million by 2014 when
there will be 722 million mobile business connections worldwide.
However, usage of dongles will peak in 2010 or 2011 with plug-in
datacards and devices with embedded wireless modems replacing them.
are to be at the heart of much of this development because they present
an inexpensive way to increase the functionality of employees in the
field. Less emphasis will be placed on traditional PCs as
enterprises invest instead in a combined laptop and phone packages for
staff. Juniper projects that portable devices will account for
approximately 60% of annual business PC sales by the end of this year.