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Mobile Device Proliferation Is Forcing Network Leaders to Redesign Enterprise Wireless LANs

Published: 19 May 2014

ID: G00262687

Analyst(s): Christian Canales , Bjarne Munch


Network leaders need to redesign their WLANs to address the proliferation of personal mobile devices in the workplace. They should deploy WLANs that concurrently support three mobile devices per user and are robust enough to support voice, video and collaboration.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • By 2020, more than 63% of enterprises expect their desktops to be replaced by mobile devices connected to the network via office WLAN
  • By 2020, 85% of enterprises expect to deploy employee-owned-device or mixed-use policies, which could triple the number of mobile devices in the workplace and on the WLAN
    • More Devices
    • Device Variety
    • Security
    • Device Onboarding
  • The diverse application requirements of BYOD initiatives can put stress on WLAN performance
    • Mobile First
    • Mobile Everywhere
    • Mobile Multitasking
    • Performance Challenges

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