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The growing popularity of smart devices and mobile broadband is putting networks under ever-greater pressure, it has been claimed.

Research conducted by BT and Cisco revealed that 84 per cent of organisations surveyed globally have experienced a significant and increased demand for bandwidth.

More than half (56 per cent) of IT managers have also noticed a performance decline in some applications - potentially jeopardising business productivity levels.

BT found that almost half (46 per cent) of employees with Wi-Fi access in their office have experienced delays logging on or accessing an application.

Neil Sutton, Global Portfolio Vice-President at BT Global Services, claimed that networks are "creaking under the demands of smart devices".

He said that with more people using mobile devices, organisations need to consider elements of device compatibility, security, Wi-Fi, network and application performance, with a focus on driving costs down.

"Behind every great device you need a great performing network. With the right control and connectivity you can deliver a great user experience on any device," Mr Sutton stated.

"At BT we are working with more and more customers to understand and implement this coming of age of consumerisation and turn it to business advantage, reliably, securely and cost effectively.”

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