Believe it or not, the total number of corporate wireless Internet users is going to touch 160 million by 2008, according to research firm, The Probe Group. Wireless Internet in the Enterprise? 10 Years On, a new report from Probe Group, says that 10 years after the introduction of wireless data services to horizontal markets and small businesses, many of the problems that caused corporate IT managers to shy away – early uncertainties about platforms and standards have developed to the point that can satisfy corporate IT managers.
“Devices and handsets have increased computing power and extended battery life,” commented David Chamberlain, Probe Group Research Director. “Data networks are more extensive and uniform, and, in most of the world, the number of protocols in use has shrunk to just two, GSM/GPRS and CDMA 1XRTT.”The total number of enterprise mobile internet users will grow more than 18% in the next five years. “The greatest percentage of growth will take place in Latin America,” Chamberlain continued. “Businesses today are the predominant subscribers to mobile voice services and they will lead the adoption of wireless internet as well.”