The Payoff From WLAN/Cellular Integration

Finneran, Michael
March 2005
Business Communications Review;Mar2005, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p22
Trade Publication
This article focuses on Wireless LAN and cellular integration. The adoption of wireless LANs has been going more slowly than most analysts had predicted. The market for WLAN/cellular integration is still in its infancy, but two significant solutions have hit the market. The two take completely different approaches, provide different capabilities, and, most importantly, involve differing degrees of cooperation from the cellular carrier. The ability to cash in on WLAN/cellular convergence will hinge on the WLAN's ability to support decent quality voice. Quality of service (QOS), the ability to prioritize voice packets, remains a critical element in WLAN voice. The other cell phone/WLAN integration plan is being pioneered by BridgePort Networks with their NomadicOne gateway. The key element in WLAN/cellular convergence will be the vision of the carriers. Cellular has had a great 10-year run as subscriber counts increased in a cozy oligopoly.


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