A survey commissioned by the Daisy Group estimates that slow net connections cost the UK a staggering £11 billion a year.
The research was carried out by One Poll on Daisy’s behalf, and surveyed 2,000 adults.
According to the report, 72 percent of the estimated 30 million workers in the UK use the net as part of their daily tasks.
Thirty nine percent of the respondents said home net connections were “much faster” than the ones used for work.
Daisy product manager Jan Wielding said too many businesses used basic ADSL connections aimed at home users. “These are the businesses that struggle to cope with the high bandwidth demands of software and apps that workers use.:
Wielenga said this was unacceptable, particularly when fibre and dedicated Ethernet are cheaper than ever and widely available.
Over 60 percent of the people surveyed said they used their smartphones for non related work activities. And when the business net goes down, nine per cent scurry to see if there are other jobs going, using their smartphones.
The survey appears to show that the average British worker loses 38 hours of productivity a year because of downtime or slow access – meaning something like £494 worth of productivity is lost a year.
Wielenga said that there is a lack of awareness in small to medium enterprises that a government sponsored Super Connected Cities scheme will subsidise the the cost of a much faster connection.
Daisy is hosting a webinar on the 26th of March, in conjunction with the CBI, to help SMEs through the maze.
The Daisy Group said it has set a date for an industry summit with ubiquity as its topic.
Dubbed #DaisyWired2014, and to be held at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on the 7th of May, the event will have as guests and speakers John Cridland, director general of the CBI, futurologist Tom Cheesewright and senior Daisy executives Nathan Marke and Matthew Riley.
Speakers will explore how technology everywhere will affect the future of British business and how companies should prepare themselves to maximise its potential.
Last year, at a similar event, over 100 companies attended. The programme includes speeches, presentations, workshops and debates.
Daisy Group has named Nathan Marke as its new Chief Technology Officer.
The company claims that through both acquisitions and organic growth, over the last four years it has diversified its suite of products and now services 65,000 business customers.
Chief executive officer Matthew Riley said the appointment was “pivotal” for the technology strategy of the business with a key element of the role focused on driving innovation across all Group businesses.
Nathan is said to have almost two decades of experience in the sector and was the former Group CTO of 2e2. He also has the title of technology and marketing director of prime business solutions under his belt. Daisy said his experience meant he bought expertise in systems integration, IT services and communications technologies to the Group.
Nathan said over the past five years he had been working closely with enterprise customers helping them evolve their software and IT services strategies. He said he hoped to bring this experience to the Daisy team.
Daisy Group has been appointed by Oakley Capital Private Equity to manage the 2e2 Data Centre Business.
The 2e2 Data Centre was rescued by Oakley after its parent business 2e2 Group went into administration. However, Oakley decided to pass the responsibility over to Daisy.
Daisy has said it will work with existing data centre employees of the business to provide data and hosting services from its data centres in Gateshead and Reading. It said that combined together, these data centres would double the amount of data centre power available to the Group’s customers, increasing from 2Mw to 4Mw.
Matthew Riley, chief exec of Daisy, said customers would also get the opportunity to work with a long-term partner with “proven expertise” in the data and hosting market.
He added that Daisy is now placed to provide stability to existing 2e2 customers and “offering further expertise and resource to Daisy customers”.