Linksys survey reveals gap between offerings and needs of mobile-centric small businesses

Linksys®, a provider of networking solutions for the home and business, has released findings from a commissioned Wi-Fi study of channel partners that service small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC), a analyst firm, the company said.

The IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Linksys, “The Wave 2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Opportunity for Channel Partners,” highlights the gap between IT channel firms´ current Wi-Fi offerings and small businesses´ needs of supporting a mobile workforce. According to the IDC InfoBrief, channel IT companies need to rethink their SMB Wi-Fi offerings to include 802.11ac Wave 2 gear.

“Small businesses consider Wi-Fi integral to their operations and have made it the default network for employee and business connectivity, but many are hampered by old equipment that is more than 8 years old,” said Wayne Newton, director of B2B channel sales, Linksys. “They´re waiting for the next generation of Wi-Fi technology while missing out on the performance and reliability of what is already available — 802.11ac Wave 2 and MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output) technology. Channel Partners have a huge opportunity to provide SMBs with updated Wi-Fi hardware that is future-proofed and provides a better workplace experience.”

“Small businesses are increasingly frustrated and want to address slow wireless network connection speeds, coverage gaps, and security concerns,” said Ray Boggs, vice president, Small and Medium Business Research at IDC. “And they feel the connectivity strain of supporting more and more mobile devices even as they benefit from a more productive workforce. We expect the improved performance of MU-MIMO hardware will naturally appeal to small businesses across industries as they expand and upgrade their wireless networks.”

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