Enterprises turn to netbooks for mobile functionality

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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.

Netbooks 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.

Stewart Baines

I've been writing about technology for nearly 20 years, including editing industry magazines Connect and Communications International. In 2002 I co-founded Futurity Media with Anthony Plewes. My focus in Futurity Media is in emerging technologies, social media and future gazing. As a graduate of philosophy & science, I have studied futurology & foresight to the post-grad level.