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This week in mobility – 15th May 2015

May 15, 2015

After much talk about 4G rapidly overtaking 3G (on this blog, in our own VNI and beyond) this week we’re starting to see those predictions come true. EE announced that it now handles more 4G traffic than 3G. This topic is also discussed in a report from Vodafone warning small and medium sized businesses that if they don’t adopt 4G they risk falling behind.

We often talk about enterprise mobility offering greater organisational control for IT departments and BYOD. However this week the discussion turned to the dark side, and the implications of businesses using technology to micro-manage employees; A sales executive is filing a lawsuit against her former employer for tracking her activities too close for comfort.

More of the week’s Mobility stories…

According to research by Ofcom. The average time spent online is now over 20hrs a week; up from 10 hours in 2005, with steepest increase of 3½ hours in just the last year – all due to our love of mobile devices.

Verizon was in the market to spend money this week, as they announced a $4.4bn deal to acquire AOL. How is this going to change the market? Well, for a start they will be looking to make the most of LTE and wireless to develop a mobile-first platform. Stay tuned for what will undoubtedly be more exciting industry implications unfolding as the weeks pass.

Finally, some welcome news for anyone looking for the quickest way to locate and hop onto one of London’s famous Boris’ bikes, as Santander has launched the Santander Cycles App.

That’s it from me this week – but don’t forget to let me know what you think of this week’s mobility roundup.  Has 4G gained an undeniable edge? What other challenges will we see as the demand for connectivity expands? Let me know by leaving a comment here or by tweeting @GrahamFranklin or @CiscoUKI. See you next week!

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