British Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses to adopt wireless broadband through eBusiness Clubs

January 29, 2004

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LONDON -- Wireless Broadband Week kicked-off this week with a series of announcements showing how companies can work smarter and faster by going wireless with BT. The ability to work in a cable-free environment presents small businesses in particular with many benefits from home working to hot-desking; allowing them to be more productive and do more with their working days.

British Chambers of Commerce Director General, David Frost, said, "A recent BCC survey showed that only one per cent. of companies currently use Wireless networks. Businesses that use technology effectively can increase productivity and reduce cost. Getting wireless broadband is an important step in that direction. The figures speak for themselves: 60 per cent. of all companies see more effective communication as the biggest benefit of having a broadband connection; 46 per cent. think productivity is the next most important benefit; and 45 per cent. of all companies cited cost savings as a benefit of a broadband connection."

Through the eBusiness Clubs, developed by the BCC, UK online for business, BT, Hewlett-Packard and O2 small-to-medium enterprises are provided with the essential information and help they need to blend technology into their working practices and wider businesses.

Steve Andrews, managing director, Products and Enterprises, BT Retail said: "Wi-fi has gone from strength to strength in 2003 and the launch of Wireless Broadband Week will help expose an even greater number of people to the benefits of wireless whether they are emailing friends, surfing the web or accessing corporate files away from the office."

Mr. Andrews continued, "This marks the first national push of wi-fi and I would really urge everyone to get behind Wireless Broadband Week and take advantage of wireless services free of charge for the entire week."

The take-up rate of broadband Internet has doubled from 19 per cent. to 39 per cent. over the last year. One third of those without broadband plan to acquire a connection as soon as it is available, and one in six companies plan to acquire broadband within a year. An important driver encouraging broadband adoption is pressure from customers and suppliers to use broadband-enabled applications. Over 60 per cent. of all companies think customers will pressure them within the next five years to conduct business that requires a broadband connection. Nearly half of all companies, (48 per cent.) predict suppliers will exert similar pressure.

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