The emergence of a new generation of advanced wireless networking technologies will play an integral role in many enterprises' operations in the coming years, with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G set to give firms that adopt them quickly an important advantage over competitors.
This is according to a new report from Deloitte, which found 86 per cent of networking executives believe that advanced wireless technologies will transform their organisation within three years. Meanwhile, almost four out of five (79 per cent) say these solutions will have a similar transformational effect on their industry as a whole.
As a result, forward-thinking companies should be looking now at how they can implement technologies such as Wi-Fi 6 within their offices, as well as what hardware and connectivity tools will be required in order to make the most of this.
Dan Littmann, principal of technology, media and telecommunications at Deloitte, said: "Our survey confirms that networking executives are 'all in' when it comes to adopting the latest wireless technologies."
He noted that such technologies may also be able to help meet the changing demands created by the Covid-19 pandemic and the potential long-term effects it may have on office-based working.
For instance, he suggested the outbreak will accelerate the need for automation tools in the workplace that can help maintain social distancing policies - and these will be dependent on a "robust and powerful network infrastructure".
The survey found more than nine out of ten executives consider advanced wireless technologies to be 'very' or 'critically' important to their business success, although many have yet to put in place plans to adopt these. Some 57 per cent of respondents said they are currently in the process of adopting Wi-Fi 6 and/or 5G, while a further 37 per cent plan to deploy these technologies within the next year.
On average, large organisations expect to spend $115.7 million (£91.3 million) on wireless technologies over the next three years.
Overall, executives regard these wireless solutions as "force multipliers" that will enable them to effectively implement other technologies, such as artificial intelligence, edge computing and the cloud.
Jack Fritz, principal of technology, media and telecommunications at Deloitte, added: "As the adoption of advanced wireless technologies progresses from pilots to full-scale adoption, networking executives that understand how to use them as a way to unlock the full potential of these emerging technologies will ultimately prevail."