The Cisco-based system allows staff equipped with laptops and PDAs - mostly in sales and marketing departments - to work away from their desks. They are able to access the network from any wireless-enabled Reuters location.
Reuters has implemented points of presence in every building in the UK and Nordic regions - covering a user base of 1,000 UK employees with portable devices. The system is being rolled out alongside a set of Siebel customer relationship management applications, which are being implemented for customer-facing staff.
Chris Lock, operations manager for Reuters in the UK said, "This gives the ability for staff to drop in to any Reuters office and work without being fixed to their desk - we are providing the infrastructure, the business will work out the best way for it to be used."
According to Lock, the wireless Lan - based on the 802.11b wireless Ethernet standard - will also make network administration more efficient.
"It is allowing us to quickly implement extensions to the network where it would not otherwise be possible, such as in listed buildings or where the network is very new and we could not justify ripping it out at this stage in its life."
Reuters paid particularly attention to security during the implementation. Users are authenticated by restricting access to groups under the new network. The access controls are overseen by network administrators.