Enterprises can cut $60 billion in costs for mobility services by outsourcing to operators

Hosted unified communications, MDM, location-based services are prime candidates for outsourcing

Enterprises can cut capital expenditures by $60 billion for managed mobility services by outsourcing these services to mobile operators, according to research by Exact Ventures that was sponsored by small cell provider SpiderCloud Wireless.

Enterprises that use managed mobility services provided by a mobile operator and enabled by small cell deployment can save $254 per user annually--around a 35 percent net savings--compared to an equivalent capital expenditure investment, according to Exact Ventures.

These services include hosted unified communications, cloud-based web filtering, mobile device management, compliance services Wi-Fi-as-a-service and location-based services. Exact Venture examined enterprises with between 100 and 5,000 employees in the United States and the European Union.

"We costed out for enterprises the six services and discovered that over six years enterprises would have spent $160 billion for providing these services to employees. In lieu of doing that, they could spend $100 billion in outsourced services to the mobile operators, for a net savings of around $60 billion. That is how we arrived at the 35 percent cost savings for enterprises on average," Greg Collins, principal analyst at Exact Ventures, told FierceMobileIT.

The market is being driven by the BYOD trend, cloud computing, and the development of enterprise small cell systems that expand the capabilities of enterprise Wi-Fi networks, the report noted.

Between 70 percent to 80 percent of mobile usage occurs inside buildings, which can pose a problem for accessing cellular networks. "Enterprise small cells are important because operators want to provide solid service to their enterprise customers, who tend to be high-value customers, Collins told FierceMobileIT.

"Enabling these services starts with providing reliable cover and capacity" provided by enterprise small cells, explained Ronny Haraldsvik, chief marketing officer at SpiderCloud Wireless.

IT managers are facing increasing pressure to provide advanced communications services to employees in a mobile corporate environment. Outsourcing these services to mobile operators is one option for enterprises. Other options include deploying the systems to provide the services themselves, as well as outsourcing the services to vendors.

For more:
- see this release
- check out the Exact Ventures report (reg. req.)

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