Network Communications News (NCN) October 2017 - Page 15

THE KNOWLEDGE NETWORK The missing link Network strategy and technology company Ciena argues that UK organisations stifle innovation by holding onto their network assets for too long, lagging for example way behind German counterparts. I ndependent research commissioned by the company found that one-fifth (20%) of UK businesses are missing out on the operational and cost benefits of new network technologies by using equipment that is more than three years old, compared with 8% of businesses in Germany. The study was looking into the enterprise IT investment strategies of 500 large British and German organisations in the face of growing reliance on high-speed data. The study revealed significant investment disparity between these two major European markets, with the UK spending less annually and demonstrating a general focus on longer-term amortisation of netw