Bangalore ranks third on mobile-readiness

By agencies   |   Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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MUMBAI: Bangaloreans have a new reason to cheer about. For, a study conducted by Nokia has rated Bangalore third on the mobility-readiness index after Bangkok and Singapore, outshining Delhi, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur.

Bangkok had the highest mobility score in the study followed by Singapore.

The study rated enterprises on diverse parameters under the heads of adoption, environment, infrastructure and policy.

Both Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur had identical levels of mobile-readiness, while Delhi was lower. The study identified mobile e-mail as one of the most popular applications with 74 percent of enterprises surveyed in India using some form of it. Other key findings were that 49 percent used a mobile calendar and 47 percent could access the office intranet through their mobiles.

Bangalore was better than Singapore when it came to taking up mobile applications and instituting policies that permitted employees to work from home.
However, it lagged behind when it came to VPN (virtual private network) access and having security policies. Mumbai scored better on these two counts in comparison with Bangalore.

According to the study, the top three mobile applications or solutions for enterprises were mobile instant messaging, accessing the intranet or corporate database on the mobile phone and accessing CRM (customer relationship management) applications on the mobile device or phone.

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