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Business WiFi: It's Old & It Sucks, Finds Survey

Dan Jones
11/8/2016
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Hey, what's slow, unreliable, and just terribly, horribly out of date? If you said WiFi at the office -- instead of the US presidential candidates -- well you just might be right!

The findings of a new survey conducted by IGR on behalf of -- surprise! -- enterprise WiFi startup KodaCloud Inc. concludes that 64% of the US's 12 million small and midsized businesses (SMBs) are interested in buying WiFi as a service. (See Startup KodaCloud Adds AI to Enterprise WiFi .)

"That's like happy Apple people numbers," Iain Gillott, president and founder of IGR, tells Light Reading.

There are reasons for this, as Gillott explains. "The WiFi infrastructure out there, frankly, it's getting pretty old," the analyst says.

Of course, if you happen to work in certain New York offices [Editor's note: The Light Reading office, not Trump Tower] the sluggish chug of your WiFi connection is probably no surprise. And the interest in managed services doesn't end with wireless Internet access: The survey finds that up to 65% of SMBs "show significant interest in other managed services beyond WiFi."

KodaCloud is pushing the idea of companies buying a managed WiFi service rather than companies installing and managing it by themselves. "Why should it be that you have to buy network equipment and build it?" asks Gillott.

As such, the startup is talking about new ways for enterprises to deploy WiFi, against offerings from the likes of Cisco and HPE.

The startup is currently nailing down its Series B funding.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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