Smartphones will remain the most crucial means of communication for businesses for the next five years, but at the cost of landlines, a new survey has claimed.
More than half of the chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed predicted that telephones would disappear from everyday use within five years. Nearly a quarter of them (24%) said they felt tablets would also vanish, showing that the technology, still in its infancy, needs to do more to convince businesses of its worth. However, tablets compared more favourably against PCs, with 62% of those surveyed expecting them to fall out of fashion. Smartphones were the most vital item to businesses, with only 13% of CIOs believing they will be abandoned in the future.
The survey was conducted by Virgin Media Business, which has seen the amount of data consumed on its network increase by 27% to 765 billion individual bits per second.
Virgin Media Business COO Tony Grace said: 'The pace of change with technology is having a transformative effect on the way we work. A decade ago it would have been unthinkable to suggest an office without telephones. Now it’s hard to imagine being separated from our smartphones.'
He added: 'The sophistication of mobile technology is also having an impact on the PC. It’s never been easier to work on the move, making stationary PCs significantly less useful than laptop counterparts. However, tablet technology still has a long way to go to justify itself and sit alongside smartphones as essential business equipment.'
Editor: Graeme Neill