The wireless networking domain has seen the emergence of a number of standards. The alphabet soup of 802.11 standards seems to be ever widening. The term Wi-Fi, a common term used for the 802.11b standard has become synonymous with Wireless Local Area Networks (Wlans). Complementing and complementary technologies in the Wlan arena such as 3G, Bluetooth and HomeRF have gained strength. However, which of these will dominate the market remains to be seen.
Where is Wi-Fi headed? Will Wi-Fi emerge victorious in the battle among the upcoming Wlan technologies? What does the future have in store for Wlan? What are the economic considerations of deploying Wi-Fi vis-à-vis other technologies?
This report Wi-Fi 2003: Worldwide Market Opportunities for Wireless LANs provides the answers. The report offers insights into the business opportunities for Wireless LANs. In addition, the report reviews the technology landscape, the market segments and forecasts the future outlook.
Wi-Fi 2003 includes the following:
· Description of Wi-Fi technology along with competing and complementary technologies:
Technical details of Wi-Fi have been described in accordance with the Ieee standard 802.11. Current deployments of Wireless LAN Technology as well as anticipated and emerging developments have been discussed. Other technologies that are either competing with Wireless LAN or complementing Wireless LAN, such as Bluetooth, HomeRF, and HiperLAN, have been reviewed. An outlook on Wlan set-up costs has also been provided.
· Wireless LAN Marketplace:
Wireless LANs were initially used by enterprises in various verticals (warehousing, factory, healthcare, retail), but now they are increasingly finding applications in the general-purpose public space (cafes, airports, hotels) and homes. This transition in marketplace represents a tremendous growth opportunity. In this report, the Wireless LAN market has been divided into three segments namely home, public and enterprise. Technologies, applications, key drivers and barriers, and trends corresponding to all three domains have been discussed in detail. The report briefly analyzes the costs involved for deployment and maintenance of Wlans.
· Worldwide Wireless LAN Market Forecast and Analysis:
The report provides realistic estimates for the size of the opportunity in key geographies. It also examines the growing opportunities surrounding the rapidly advancing Wireless LAN market.