VoWLAN, Cellular Could Converge Soon

August 2004
Business Communications Review;Aug2004, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p6
Trade Publication
By next year, more than half a million cellular voice devices will also contain voice over wireless local area network (VoWLAN) capability. This number will exceed 200 million world-wide by 2009, according to InStat/MDR market research. Cellular devices will incorporate both data and voice WLAN capabilities, and InStat projects that data-only devices will dominate in the early going, though by 2008, the number of VoWLAN-supporting devices will outpace those supporting data only WLAN. The main challenges carriers face, according to InStat, are that the technology has to mature and become very inexpensive. In addition, cellular carriers will likely have to partner with VOIP experts, and must be able to support all features in VOIP that they support in their cellular services.


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