16 Jul 2015
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Wi-Fi networks more important now than ever before

By Catherine Knowles

Increased adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is resulting in growing demands for Wi-Fi networks to deliver optimal performance, reliability and security, according to Xirrus, the provider of wireless networks.

The Xirrus survey 'Where the Wires End' highlights the impact Wi-Fi has on users’ daily lives, as well as its importance to the future of communication.

The rapid expansion of IoT and BYOD necessitate that all businesses re-evaluate how they design their Wi-Fi networks to ensure they meet users’ expectations to connect anywhere, on any device, at any time, the survey shows.

The survey found a large number of consumers (76%) connect to Wi-Fi outside of their home on a regular basis. Moreover, the study revealed the growing expectation of connectivity everywhere.

Additional key findings include:

Wi-Fi usage trumps security: Most respondents (79%) do not feel that public Wi-Fi is secure. However, the majority of users (62%) still connect to public Wi-Fi.

Travellers would change hotels and airlines for better Wi-Fi: More than half (66%) of travellers would change hotels for a better Wi-Fi experience; 49% would change their preferred airline provider. 

'Bad' Wi-Fi keeps workers from doing their jobs: A large majority (84%) of respondents reported bad Wi-Fi has kept them from doing their job.

Wearables and IoT adoption create demand for high-density Wi-Fi: Today, almost all consumers (90%) own at least one connected device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet. More significantly, however, one in three own a wearable device of some kind, such as a smartwatch or fitness band.

 “We are now more than ever a mobile, wireless-reliant society,” said Shane Buckley, Xirrus CEO.

“The proliferation of Wi-Fi connected devices combined with the expectation of steadfast connectivity has put increased demand on Wi-Fi networks everywhere. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the enterprise.

"Our study highlights the need for organisations to reinforce their networks to ensure a seamless connected experience for users at all times, no matter the location," he says.

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