A hot topic these days is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which speaks to how people are using personally-owned devices in the workplace. The challenge lies not with people simply bringing their own devices into the workplace but then wanting connectivity for each device.
According to a recent survey from Cisco, there will be nearly 18.9 billion network connections by 2016 – almost 2.5 for every person on the planet – compared with just 10.3 billion in 2011. Also by 2016, the skyrocketing use of video will translate to about 1.2 million video minutes to travel the Internet every second. In the business world today, the average number of devices in the has grown to 3.5, with at least one laptop, smart phone and tablet per person, according to the Mobility Workforce Report released by mobility services provider iPass.
All of these numbers illustrate the inherent challenges with the BYOD movement: new technologies and the exploding use of mobile devices are accelerating the demand for connectivity and bandwidth. This bandwidth demand is outpacing enterprises and service providers’ abilities to handle volume at affordable prices. Moreover, companies must worry about not just bandwidth demands but also greater management and control of these devices and the need for enhanced security for their network.
According to Nomadix Chief Commercial & Operating Officer Fred Reeder, “Like any resource, Internet access needs to be managed. The more demand for the resource, the more management is required to ensure each user gets fair access to bandwidth, the network is secure and the quality of connection is optimum.”
To solve the BYOD challenge, companies should focus not on the devices themselves but in enabling those devices to easily and securely connect to the Internet through the provisioning of bandwidth to ensure fair sharing and secure connections.