TITLE

Is Voice/Data Convergence A Reality On WLANs?

AUTHOR(S)
Axner, David H.
PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Feb2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p38
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses voice and data convergence in reference to the wireless local area network (WLAN). WLAN vendors are responding to increasing demand for voice support. Airespace, Proxim, Trapeze and other WLAN vendors report user demand for voice as moderate but growing. Aruba and Cisco reported a strong user demand for voice. Airespace reports that 90 percent of requests for proposals today evaluate voice capabilities in preparation for future deployments. WLAN vendors have targeted health care, education, retail, manufacturing, warehousing and the corporate enterprise as key market segments for voice convergence. 3Com reports that its clients in education, manufacturing, aviation and health care want to future-proof their voice-related buying decisions with standards implementation. The WLAN industry expects the demand for multimedia applications to follow on the heels of voice/data convergence on WLANs. According to industry vendors, there is no strong demand for multimedia applications over wireless now. WLANs transparently pass multimedia protocols, including SIP, H.323 and H.248 over their Layer 2 WLANs. Vendors are expected to begin supporting wireless multimedia applications once the demand for voice/data convergence peak.
ACCESSION #
15951328

 

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