Number of connections to rise to 74 million from 25.8 million in 2010
In four years, the number of enterprise contracts for ‘big-screen’ broadband connections will rise to 74 million, from 25.8 million in 2010, according to telecommunications analyst Ovum.
The number of enterprise connections for ‘big-screen’ mobile Internet devices such as laptops and tablets in Asia-Pacific will increase five times over the next five years as the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, Ovum said.
Meanwhile, total revenues for the enterprise mobile market in the region will reach $29bn in 2015, with the majority of growth coming from the use of data services as mobile voice prices commoditise.
Ovum senior analyst Claudio Castelli said an increasingly mobile workforce and the intensifying need for them to be able to access data wherever they are is driving the strong predicted growth in the number of enterprise broadband connections.
Castelli added, "However, we see that many enterprises find mobility increasingly difficult to manage, particularly as employees increasingly want to bring their own devices, including iPads, iPhones and Android devices, into the workplace and connect these to the company network."
"In Asia-Pacific, more than in other regions enterprises allow employees with business need for mobility to provide equipment themselves and claim reimbursement for usage from the business. This gives user greater flexibility but puts pressure on IT departments who have to manage the associated risk as well as additional costs to the enterprise."