We asked mobile wireless expert for her top predictions for the coming year.
- Availability of WPA and pre-standard 802.11i in Wi-Fi products will lay to rest old concerns about WEP cracking, helping the industry refocus more of its attention to needs other than security.
- The wireless LAN switching market will start to contract as some start-ups are acquired by large network hardware vendors, and others fail to find a profitable niche.
- Business use of smartphones and PDAs will continue to grow, finally reaching the critical mass needed to draw real IT attention to scalable administration and corporate privacy concerns.
- Dual-mode 3G + Wi-Fi handsets will emerge, but wireless WAN/LAN roaming will initially be hampered by inadequate network infrastructure and lack of business agreements necessary to deliver ubiquitous connectivity with seamless handoffs.
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