4G networks set to increase BYOD influence on workplaces

4G networks set to increase BYOD influence on workplaces

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend was embraced by a host of firms in 2012, due to the productivity and efficiency gains it provides, as well as its ability to reduce costs.

However, 2013 could see an even bigger growth in the working practice, as more widespread 4G comes to the party.

A number of bidders have applied to take part in Ofcom's auction of the airwaves which have been made available for 4G networks. Operators such as Vodafone could be turning on their faster mobile broadband in the first half of the year, a move that will have a positive impact on the adoption of BYOD in the UK.

That is the opinion of Ben Davies, managing director of Comms-Care, who believes that the more widespread rollout of 4G will help the nation's businesses make great progress.

4G is around ten-times faster than 3G, which means that workers taking advantage of remote and flexible working offered by their employer will receive a faster and more reliable service through their mobile devices.

Mr Davies told ITProPortal: "The speed of 4G will encourage users to access devices more often and make it easier to work remotely.

"It will also accelerate the implementation of BYOD policies since it reduces the risk of losing data from personal devices."

Unified communications, voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) and cloud technologies have been playing an ever-increasing role within businesses in recent years and the rise of 4G is expected to continue this trend, which could in turn lead to more people working remotely.

A recent study from software producers Adobe found that 49 per cent of office workers are currently using their smartphones to carry out their duties, while 14 per cent regularly make use of tablet computers.

This again looks set to continue to increase in popularity as 4G versions of both the iPad mini and iPad 4 are due to hit the market in the coming months, each of which could provide a host of productivity and efficiency boosts for companies in the UK.