Almost all (97%) were thinking of using LTE or 5G in their WANs, the study, carried out among 180 IT business decision-makers in organisations using WAN on external sites with greater than 100 employees, found.
Interviews for the study were conducted between 14 and 31 August with specific industries such as retail trade, transport, postal and warehousing, public administration and safety, and healthcare and social assistance more heavily targeted.
Another finding was that 93% of those surveyed were either using, or else thinking of using, LTE and 5G for IoT applications. A shade under half (46%) were using or looking at using LTE and 5G to connect vehicles.
Three-fifths of the firms interviewed said they expected to see a rise in the number of connected fleet vehicles in the next 24 months while 54% said the number of connected IoT devices would go up.
Only 11% of the businesses in the study were not even looking at the use of 5G with two-thirds confident that the technology would deliver benefits, that have been promised, to business in the next 12 months.
As to the benefits accruing from 5G, 71% cited speed, 67% business benefits and an improvement over 4G, 66% saw potential for AI and augmented reality and also more reliability, 62% expected lower latency while 61% expected better coverage.
The survey also covered other aspects of IT; this report has focused only on the questions connected to 5G. The full report can be downloaded here after registration.