Monday, September 21, 2009

HSPA Mobile Broadband Gains Enterprise Traction

HSPA Mobile Broadband technology is growing in popularity amongst global organizations, according to a new survey commissioned by the GSMA of 1000 enterprises across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The survey shows that on average, 12.3% of global workforces (per business) have access to mobile broadband. This figure is set to increase by 25% over the next 12 months.

A vast majority of enterprises surveyed revealed that of the equipment they provide to employees currently, more than 70% provide laptops, VPN access and various other remote access technologies. Because mobility has become one of the most important technological considerations, the provision of desktops is on the decline. This is further proved by the fact that 59% of global organisations have provided wireless internet to its employees.

While the outlook for enterprise mobile broadband technology globally looks extremely positive, the survey also revealed that only the more senior positions (60% of company directors, 62% managers) and company sales representatives (39%) are provided with mobile broadband devices.

"The findings provide an extremely encouraging global outlook for HSPA Mobile Broadband technology penetration within enterprises," says Michael O'Hara, CMO at the GSMA. "The results clearly demonstrate that enterprises are keen to innovate and have recognized the freedom and flexibility that HSPA Mobile Broadband delivers."