Applications Go Wireless: The New Mobility Wave

Cohen, Alan S.
December 2004
Business Communications Review;Dec2004, Vol. 34 Issue 12, p58
Trade Publication
This article discusses various issues related to wireless networking. Given the vast proliferation of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, and the widespread adoption of wireless technology in the home and in public hot spots, it is no surprise that wireless local area network (WLAN) penetration in professionals' personal computers (PCs) is expected to grow from 9 percent in 2000 to more than 90 percent by 2007. The emergence of ubiquitous wireless LANs in the enterprise, and the potential for a seamless handoff to Wi-Fi, WiMax and other wireless technologies in outdoor environments, creates an enormous market opportunity for wireless applications, on the role that applications play in seamless mobile data networks. As networks move toward mobility, WLANs will ultimately replace wires at the edge of the enterprise, and end users will come to expect "mobility" as core to the way they do business. Wireless connections mean that business enterprises and personnel could more rapidly interact with customers, partners and suppliers. It will result in more exposure that wireless users will have.


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