Survey reveals wireless computing is on the rise
Wireless computing is yet to take off in India because
there aren't enough 'hotspots' yet. But more hotspots (places where people can
tap into a wireless Internet connection with their laptops and handheld devices),
are springing up in public areas like cafes, hotels, and airports. Today, there
are approximately 20,000 hotspots worldwide, a number expected to grow six-fold
According to an international survey of business travelers,
71 percent of 'road warriors' are convinced that Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) will
enable business travelers to seize a communications advantage over their competition.
While only one in ten road warriors has tried Wi-Fi, nearly 90 percent see the
use of wireless computing in their future. A third of Asian road warriors said
they plan to try Wi-Fi within the next three to six months.
The survey was conducted by Intel Corporation and conducted
under the direction of The Brain Group, an international research and strategy
The survey also revealed that being without Internet
access while traveling puts businesspeople in an awkward position with bosses,
co-workers, and customers who have become accustomed to prompt e-mail responses.
When working in office, 31 percent of road warriors reply to e-mail within an
hour. When road warriors are traveling, only seven percent respond within that
Thirty percent of road warriors do not respond to e-mail
for 48 hours or more while on a business trip. One-third of the survey respondents
said they have suffered significant consequences, like missed meetings, lost
revenue, irate customers, disappointed family members, and even job termination
as a result of not having timely access to the Internet while on the road.