Survey found 89 per cent of UK businesses would consider switching to wireless broadband

Businesses performance is affected by the poor connectivity, survey found that 89 per cent of UK businesses would consider switching to wireless broadband

A report by Cambridge Broadband network found that 89 per cent of UK businesses would consider switching to wireless broadband. The Survey found that poor broadband connectivity has impacted on UK business performance, however, 56 per cent have not changed the provider. When asked why they stay with the same provider, 32 per cent said that they wanted to avoid disruption that would be caused to their business, while 23 per cent said they are tied to a lengthy contracts and 16 per cent stated that they were restricted to services provided as part of a building lease.

Although, 10 per cent suggested that they would change their provider at the earliest opportunity. The findings highlight the opportunity for disruptive wireless carriers, as well as the challenge that businesses have in finding and switching providers. Additionally the survey found that 47 per cent of UK businesses are not receiving broadband speed advertised by their providers, 35 per cent said that they have been negatively impacted by slow broadband speed, while 34 per cent experienced significant periods of network downtime.

The report found that 56 per cent of UK businesses spend less than 30 per cent of their IT budget on connectivity, less than half of respondents are planning on increasing that expenditure over the next 12 months. CBNL CEO Lionel Chmilewsky said: “This trend is likely to see operators drive more innovation into networks over the coming years, leverage emerging technology and develop 5G fixed wireless services. The data show the benefits that 26GHz can bring to the UK enterprise market and the value of Ofcom’s decision to call for inputs to inform their programme of work to make spectrum in the band available for 5G.

Increasing availability of millimetre wave, such as this, is vital to stimulate broadband investment across global markets, enabling operators to unlock the capacity of the high band spectrum and bring more competitive services to market.

Leveraging innovative techniques, such as this, is key to addressing gaps in broadband service and providing the next generation connectivity that will be central to the long-term success of UK.”

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