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WLAN market to double by '07: Infonetics

Posted: 06 Oct 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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According to the latest study of Infonetics Research Inc., small, medium, and large organizations are planning to run a wide variety of applications over their WLANs, including network connectivity for guests, in-building mobile telephony, and video over IP. This is a trend reportedly driving worldwide end-user spending on WLAN products to grow 97 percent between 2003 and 2007, from $1.49 billion to $2.94 billion.

"The good news for vendors is the increasing range of applications driving adoption of wireless LANs into the mainstream," said Richard Webb, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for WLANs. "Our study shows that organizations do not lack imagination in terms of the future uses for WLANs, nor underestimate its potential to deliver advanced applications such as voice or video over IP. However, security remains the most significant barrier to adoption for WLANs. The industry still has work to do to address enterprises' lingering perception of WLANs as insecure."

The study further reveals that security completely dominates feature wish lists for WLAN access points, switches, and routers. Further, the 802.11 market is migrating to multimode solutions (ones that support 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a), with dual 802.11a/g products likely to show strong growth in 2004.

Additionally, Infonetics says that performance of the IP network and quality of service are the leading factors important to respondents looking to put voice on the WLAN.

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