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BTO Wi-Fi - Solution To Lost Time
By: MarkJ - 30 March, 2005 (1:09 PM)

BTOpenzone has touted its broadband wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspot services as a solution to lost business working time while waiting at airports etc. It's estimated that over £599 million a year (up to 689,000 hours) of productivity can be lost this way:

With 39% of business people wasting an average of 2-3 hours a month and 35% spending 3-4 hours sat waiting for a flight, the wasted time associated with business travel is costing companies dearly.

Despite the fact that 53% of business travellers own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, only 26% of women and 24% of men currently use this time to log onto their company networks whilst they are at the airport. Given that almost two thirds of business travellers acknowledged that they are travelling much more now than two years ago, this ‘downtime’ – and its associated cost – is likely to keep increasing unless business travellers review how they optimise their travelling time.

The research also revealed that more than half (52%) of those surveyed would like to be able to take advantage of this inevitable “downtime” to log on to the internet to check their emails and to access and download large documents.

The desire to be able to check emails and to log on to company networks stems from an increased need to be constantly accessible during working hours, with 88% of business travellers surveyed feeling it is important for them to be instantly contactable during the day. Indeed, 73% admitted that this need has increased over the past two years. As this 24/7 business trend expands, there’s a clear need for technology to play a role in supporting the changing face of British business.

With over 7,500 BT Openzone wireless broadband hotspots available throughout the UK and Ireland, and over 20,000 globally through roaming agreements with other international providers, it is easier than ever before for business travellers to access the internet whenever and wherever they want.

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