People in the UK experience better wireless Internet connections at home rather than their workplace, according to a recent survey.
The research, which polled 2000 Britons, found that one in three people depends on Wi-Fi access to do their jobs effectively, but 61% said access was better at home.
Around 40% of respondents in the study commissioned by enterprise mobility company Aerohive Networks said they had missed deadlines due to poor Wi-Fi services, while eight out of ten reported feeling “very” or “extremely” frustrated when they failed to connect.
Meanwhile, an unstable Internet connection topped the list of scenarios that disrupt the working day, coming above power cut in second place and a temporarily down wireless connection coming third.
“With a third of us Brits already dependent on wireless connectivity for work, there’s no doubt that it’s fast becoming the primary access layer,” claimed Aerohive international marketing director Paul Hennin.
“Connecting should be quick and simple though, and the user experiences here would suggest that not all enterprises are ready for it,” he added.
The research also claims that many workers are unsure why they experience poor connectivity, with many potential reasons being listed.
Two-thirds of those polled automatically hold infrastructure responsible for an unreliable Wi-Fi connection, while 50% assume wireless is down and 10% believe others could be dominating the network.
A further 11% of participants said that they blamed their device for poor connectivity.
The study found that when faced with tech problems, UK workers who took part took a wide variety of actions to solve the problem.
These include 18% complaining to an IT helpdesk, 17% plugging into a wired network, 16% switching devices and 14% checking if a colleague can help.