Video streaming, whether for consumer or business purposes, is becoming commonplace. In a recent report, the author explained how he used video to get through tiresome workouts, using his smartphone as a portable television. Then he got a tablet, tried the same thing and saw his mobile data rates skyrocket . This problem is not uncommon among mobile users attempting to watch data-consuming video over the web.

It is also an issue that businesses are going to have to tackle. Employee-owned smartphones and tablets are becoming more common in the enterprise. As this trend grows, more workers will be attempting to access employee video systems through their mobile computing platforms.

At the surface, this trend has incredible potential, as workers can use these powerful mobile devices to take video and upload it to the company platform, making it much easier for other workers to view. The same devices can then support viewing, creating a natural chain for employee engagement.

However, mobile data plans are rapidly becoming more stringent, and telecommunications providers are either adding charges or reducing network speeds for users accessing too much data through their smartphones or tablets. For enterprise video programs to have success with mobile users, companies need to find a way to work around these mobile network limitations.

The corporate WLAN is the answer. Most smartphones and tablets are now coming out with the ability to connect to a Wi-Fi access point, making the company network a natural fit. The challenge then becomes equipping the network to handle the added bandwidth requirements created by video users. As the WLAN becomes more important, organizations need to consider upgrades to their traditional network architectures, which essentially act as the backhaul infrastructure for the Wi-Fi setup.