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Issue #2003 - 10 (March 2003)
(Updated Mar. 26, 2003)


WiFi News This Week

1. Wireless Leaders Debate the Role of Wi-Fi
See more about this news item in our headlines. 

2. Wi-Fi Use Abounds in U.S. Companies, Jupiter Study Finds
According to a study from Jupiter Research, 57 percent of U.S. companies already support 802.11 networks, with an additional 22 percent planning to implement and support this technology in the next 12 months. Small businesses (with less than $10 million in annual revenue) are leading deployment, with 83 percent stating that they either support 802.11 networks today or plan to in the next 12 months. By contrast, 71 percent of U.S. large businesses (defined as those generating $100 million or more in annual revenue) are supporting 802.11 networks or will do so in the next 12 months. "Nearly half (49 percent) of all U.S. businesses have fewer than 20 percent of their employees connected. Small and medium sized businesses, in particular, are much more likely to have their employees connected via an 802.11 network," said Jupiter Research Senior Analyst Julie Ask. (Source: ZDNet News) 

3. Asian telecom partners to build 20,000 hot spots
Asian telecoms Telstra, Korea Telecom, Maxis Communications, and Starhub today said they plan to work together to roll out 20,000 hot spots by the end of 2003. The companies will launch a single brand, to be targeted mostly at enterprise users and so-called road warriors. The partners will also work towards developing mobile telephony services for their hot spots, including mobile telephony and possibly voice-over-Wi-Fi service. The alliance members have already built 8,600 hotspots in Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.

4. Intel continued to roll out new Wi-Fi partnerships, inking hot spot deals with McDonald's, Borders, Hilton, and the Toshiba Computer Systems Group, the division of Toshiba that is launching its own hot spot service.

Source - Several, including TechWeb, 802.11 planet and Fierce 80211

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Wi-Fi occupying center stage at CTIA show in New Orleans should serve a serious warning call to carriers that momentum is on its side. Please read our comments on the related item

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