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ALLnet launches whitepaper to address concerns highlighted by survey

More than half of UK IT managers are not planning to implement a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) due to a lack of awareness of the technology’s benefits, according to a survey commissioned by ALLnet, the Cable & Wireless network infrastructure services group, and conducted by research house Vanson Bourne.

This limited understanding is in direct contrast to the amount of media attention afforded to WLANs and is rendered more curious by the fact that 91% of those that have implemented WLANs are satisfied with the benefits brought about by the technology.

The ALLnet research revealed that the three main barriers to implementing a WLAN are: having no clear view of the benefits (48% of respondents), security concerns (35%) and budgetary constraints (32%).

In response, ALLnet has developed a whitepaper for its customers to address the confusion surrounding WLANs and to present an investment-based business case for the deployment of the solution. The whitepaper explains the productivity benefits of this technology and its relevance to a wide variety of physical conditions and business needs. It outlines the factors governing successful implementation, with particular emphasis on security.

The key benefits which organisations can derive from a WLAN are:

• Ease of movement and connectivity, as you can access information from anywhere in the building with the WLAN – you don’t need to wait for specific ports to be provisioned;
• Increased productivity, as users are not constricted by infrastructure;
• Reduced IT support costs, because less work is necessary to implement moves, additions and changes to the network when users are relocated within the building;
• Reduced facilities costs, since wireless networks can enable the adoption of hot-desking, whereby it may not be necessary to provide dedicated desk space for employees;
• Provision of network access to locations where the installation of physical cabling would not be practical or possible, such as listed buildings or remote, sparsely populated areas.

Alan Wright, Head of Wireless Architecture, ALLnet, said, “I am a firm believer in the advantages that WLAN technology can provide to many different organisations. There are certain environments, call centres being an obvious example, where the desk and the workplace are synonymous. However, work is increasingly regarded as an activity rather than a location, and hence almost any business can benefit from a WLAN.

“WLANs are mainly used to/can provide connectivity to the employee no matter where they are in the building, but they are also extremely useful in areas where physical cabling is difficult to install. We have faced inhibitions from a large number of very different organisations – but we have overcome them by demonstrating the return on investment to be found with WLAN,” concluded Wright.

The ALLnet white paper is available at:
http://www.allnet.co.uk/solutions/network_infrastructure/pro...

Note to editors
The survey was conducted on behalf of ALLnet in June 2003 by research specialists Vanson Bourne, who interviewed 100 IT managers from companies with more than £50m annual turnover (of which 50% were from companies with more than £250m annual turnover).

The survey revealed that only 7% of UK businesses have rolled out WLAN technology in a significant manner. Of the remainder, 21% have WLAN pilots under way, 16% are planning to implement at some point in the future and 56% have no plans to implement a WLAN at all.


About ALLnet
ALLnet is a leader in the supply of ICT services to business customers in the UK and Ireland. Founded in 2002, the company is the result of the merger of six Cable & Wireless systems integrators – Grant & Taylor, BTN, ML Integration, ML Careline, Cable & Wireless Systems Integration Ireland and ALLnet. The company employs more than 500 experienced staff based in twelve locations throughout the UK and Ireland giving ALLnet the scale, resources and reach needed to deliver continued business growth. Its services include local and wide area networks, voice communications systems, IP telephony, IT security, structured cabling and a range of professional and outsourced managed services. ALLnet Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc. For more information about ALLnet, please visit www.allnet.co.uk.

For more information, or to request a copy of the white paper, please contact:

Jo Begbie
Brodeur Worldwide (for ALLnet)
Tel: +44(0)207 298 7092
Email: jbegbie@uk.brodeur.com

Kim Hollingdale
Brodeur Worldwide (for ALLnet)
Tel: +44 (0)207 298 7132
Email:khollingdale@uk.brodeur.com

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