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Businesses Adopting Mobile Broadband (3G)
By: MarkJ - 28 August, 2007 (1:51 PM)

Rhetorik, a market intelligence firm, has released the results from its study of 371 UK organisations. The research claims that more than half have adopted 3G Mobile Broadband connectivity.

Similarly some 15% of respondents have already adopted the newer HSPA based services, which presently offer speeds of up to 1.8Mbps and are capable of going a lot faster:

Around a third of the organisations surveyed by Rhetorik are also using EDGE, an enhanced version of GPRS (2.5G), while two-thirds are using GPRS itself.

More than 30 percent of respondents said they would use more mobile applications if greater bandwidth was available and costs were to fall. The applications standing to benefit the most include mobile videoconferencing, global positioning systems (GPS), database applications, instant messaging and shared workspace applications.

The main drivers for increased speed seem to be an increasing number of mobile workers, ever-larger file sizes and a growing number of mobile applications that require greater bandwidth. Videoconferencing and collaborative applications are not currently seen as major drivers for increased speed.

No doubt the respondents will be pleased with recent news of price cuts from Three and speed boosts by Vodafone, making their dreams of cheaper Mobile Broadband turn into a reality.

However ZDNet's piece also notes that businesses are concerned with the security implications of increased mobility.

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