Wi-Fi madness 2

In spite of the views expressed in yesterday’s Panorama on the risks, Wi-Fi UK is well on course. At the Gartner ITxpo conference in Barcelona today, it looks like enterprise mobility is going to be one of the hottest topics for the IT director in 2008, particularly as a recent Cisco survey shows that two-thirds of worldwide businesses have no long-term mobile integration strategy. HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) is set to kick start a revolution in the way we treat mobile data.

In essence HSUPA, offers 2 Mbps broadband connectivity on a wireless network. With this level of bandwidth, users can begin to treat mobile data in the same way as the corporate local area network (LAN). There should be no reason to reengineer applications to support the relatively slow connectivity of 3G networks available today. This is the breakthrough Gartner research vice president, Nick Jones, believes, will have a big impact on enterprise mobility.