Mobile Connectivity Costs North American and European Businesses at Least $2.91B per Year
iPass Report Highlights Lack of Visibility Businesses Have Into Connectivity Costs; Shows How Free Wi-Fi Is Costing Businesses Both Time and Money
REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 20, 2016) - iPass Inc.
"Connectivity has never been more important. Whether mobile professionals are trying to be productive by day or connect to friends and family by night, there is a tangible need to be connected all the time," said Patricia Hume, chief commercial officer of iPass. "The direct and indirect costs of keeping mobile professionals connected are more than many businesses realize, highlighting the need for businesses to have greater visibility into their employees' data usage. Cost-effective and secure connectivity is paramount, yet free Wi-Fi does not provide the simplicity and convenience that today's mobile professionals require."
The cost of 'free' Wi-Fi
The last 12 months has seen the continued growth of 'free' Wi-Fi. However, for many businesses, the term remains misleading. Free Wi-Fi connections are often slow, which prevent business applications from working properly, while also restricting the number of devices that can connect. If you add this to the time mobile professionals spend seeking out and signing up to free Wi-Fi services, the negative impact on productivity soon adds up. The report suggests that the loss in productivity from free Wi-Fi can cost businesses between $767 and $1,159 per mobile professional each month, dependent on their location and destination.
North America v Europe -- who fares best?
The cost of connectivity varies for mobile professionals across both Europe and North America depending on the methods they use. Key findings from the report include:
- When connecting predominantly via cellular, North American mobile professionals travelling internationally incur costs of $205 - $1,459 per month. French mobile professionals were the most negatively impacted when travelling outside of Europe, incurring costs of $1,371 - $2,059 per month. In comparison, costs for UK mobile professionals were $155 - $1,124 per month, and costs for German mobile professionals were $350 - $1,241.
- When predominantly using cellular services within Europe, it would cost UK mobile professionals between $101 - $184 per month. In France and Germany, the costs were $85 - $348 and $122 - $172, respectively.
- When it came to purchasing Wi-Fi on demand, UK mobile professionals incurred the greatest costs, using such services both inside ($190) and outside of Europe ($196) each month. For French mobile professionals, the costs were $152 and $179 each month; for German mobile professionals, it was $160 and $170 each month. Overall, North American mobile professionals fared better: it cost them $148 to use Wi-Fi on demand domestically and $149 outside the US each month.
"Although the costs of cellular roaming have been reduced, particularly in Europe, they still remain substantial when the amount of data used by a mobile professional is taken into account. Furthermore, piecemeal payment for Wi-Fi becomes expensive very quickly, and critically fails to provide the simplicity and convenience that users crave. Business leaders need to understand the value of providing secure, reliable and cost-effective connectivity. This means ensuring their mobile workforce is connected via the right means, at any given time or location," said Peter White, Principal Analyst and Founder, Rethink Technology Research.
About iPass Inc.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
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