Going wireless-first: what’s next for enterprise connectivity?

Increasing demands on Wi-Fi require infrastructure upgrades

Networking strategies are at a tipping point as more businesses go “wireless-first”—which means all corporate devices and applications run on a wireless connection. What does that mean for their Wi-Fi solutions?

Well, a recent Gartner survey predicts 20 billion devices will be tethered to the Internet by 2020,1 while an IDC report indicates that nearly 40% of enterprises say they’ll deploy Internet of Things (IoT) measures over the next two years.2 To meet the exploding demand on enterprise Wi-Fi, businesses will have to upgrade their wireless local area network (WLAN) infrastructure or risk significant declines in performance.



Key drivers of managed WLAN adoption: ease, efficiency, security

Transforming the modern enterprise requires a high-performing, easily deployable, cost-effective and secure wireless solution that can scale bandwidth in real-time. For an increasing number of enterprises, managed WLAN meets the demand.

In fact, cumulative market growth of cloud-managed WLAN infrastructure is expected to go from $2.1 billion in 2018 to $6.1 in 2023. It’s the fastest growing segment of network IT, with one-third of the total market expected to transition to the cloud by 2020, according to IDC.3 It’s no surprise, really, when you consider the impressive benefits of managed WLAN in the enterprise.

Quick, easy deployment

Who doesn’t love plug-and-play technology that can be deployed in a matter of minutes? With fully managed service from a single provider, organizations can rely on their network partner to deploy new access points, making it quick and easy to add and move coverage as business needs evolve.

Simple, centralized management

Having a single partner proactively monitoring the network simplifies the job of managing the Wi-Fi technology. With one contact, there’s one point of accountability that takes care of everything. From installation and training to troubleshooting and maintenance, managed wireless LAN provides a comprehensive line of sight into the network from a centralized location.

Predictable, efficient costs

With a predictable monthly fee, minimal capital investment and no hardware to maintain—in other words, without any financial surprises—it’s easier for organizations to plan, budget and manage cash flow. And when the service provider takes care of all the hardware upgrades and help-desk support, the enterprise’s internal IT resources are free to work on other profit-making areas of the business.

Advanced, proactive security

Cloud-managed WLAN has built-in safeguards such as encryption, authentication, malware protection, data loss protection and firewalls that often surpass the capabilities of an enterprise’s internal resources. For an extra layer of assurance, proactive firmware and security updates can also be pushed to all sites from a centralized management console.

The modern enterprise demands speed, agility and security from its business network. As more businesses cut the cord and rely more heavily on wireless connectivity, managed WLAN is increasingly the favored method for keeping business moving.

With a modern fiber-optic network spanning 180,000 miles across 29 states, Frontier is the provider of choice for managed wireless LAN solutions, which are backed by guaranteed service level agreements (SLAs). We are proud to serve 93% of the Fortune 500.

1. Gartner Newsroom Press Release, “Gartner Says 8.4 Billion Connected “Things” Will Be in Use in 2017, Up 31% From 2016”
2. IDC, U.S. Enterprise Communications Survey, 2018: Key Technology Investment Trends, #US44323018
3. IDC, IDC Predictions 2019: Worldwide Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, #US44760018

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