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Virgin Media Business UK Claims Mobile Internet to Herald Death of the PC

Posted: 25th May, 2011 By: MarkJ
virgin media uk business broadbandThe business division of Virgin Media UK (Virgin Media Business) has claimed that Mobile Broadband usage, which some claim could allegedly outstrip desktop use by 2014, might herald the "death of the PC" as businesses adopt it as a means to cut costs by downsizing their offices and allowing more staff to work from home.

The ISPs latest nationwide poll of 5,000 businesses found that 64% of businesses had equipped their staff for remote working, which is up from just 14% last year.

The Executive Director of Commercial at Virgin Media Business, Andrew McGrath, said:

"It’s easy to see why businesses across the UK are embracing mobile working – not only is there evidence that home working options make for happier workers, it can also help organisations comply with flexible working legislation. Coupled with huge advances in handsets and netbooks, working on the move is becoming even easier, and more pleasurable than ever before.

Whilst it’s great to see UK businesses embracing these benefits few are realising the full potential. A dongle or a smartphone may enable remote email, but without access to the company server, many workers will be held back from being truly productive on the move."

Virgin notes that 98% of businesses are still not benefitting from Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which enables staff to securely connect to their office network while roaming or at home. However the survey makes no clear mention of why this should be the case.

Meanwhile we doubt that the growing adoption of mobile working will kill off the PC. Smartphone's and Tablets do make life much easier but they're still incredibly weak when it comes to doing any meaningful work, although that does somewhat depend upon the type of work involved.
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