Network and bandwidth issues remain significant barriers for many IT and networking professionals when it comes to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies.

A survey by Aruba has found that BYOD is popular among enterprises in the EMEA region, with 69 per cent of 773 organisations polled allowing some form of BYOD.

However, a third of respondents said their organisations still ban employees from connecting their own devices to corporate networks – with 70 per cent saying that ensuring a secure connection is the main barrier to full adoption of BYOD, while 45 per cent said they were held back by issues relating to the enforcement of access rights based on user, device and application type.

Also, 35 per cent of respondents claimed that providing enough wireless coverage and capacity for BYOD was a primary technical challenge, as the strain on the network has led many enterprises to seek a well-planned mobility strategy with strong underlying technology that is able to satisfy the demands of employees.

Almost two-thirds of respondents were planning to increase their investment in wireless during the coming year.

Chris Kozup, senior director of marketing EMEA at Aruba, said: “If enterprises are to truly embrace BYOD, this increased demand for mobile diversity must be addressed in the way that corporate networks are designed and managed. Organisations must implement infrastructures that are capable of supporting a broad array of mobile devices, without overburdening their IT staff.

“The results of the survey strongly suggest that companies are realising that BYOD is an issue that must be addressed, but while many organisations are taking considerable strides, there is still some way to go.

“Working habits are changing and more companies must assess the business case for the move towards a mobility-centric network that replaces archaic infrastructures that simply cannot satisfy the demands of the modern-day workforce.”