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Issue #2003 - 11 (March 2003)
(Updated Mar. 31, 2003)

OPINION

Wi-iFi at CTIA 2003 - Was it the Center piece?

Wi-Fi has dominated this week's CTIA Wireless 2003 in New Orleans. It is not too early (the Report goes to press on the show's last day) to conclude that one of the major underlying themes of the various 802.11-related devices and solutions unveiled at the show was the effort to make 802.11 penetrate more deeply and widely into the enterprise. We will discuss CTIA 2003 in greater detail next week, but here is a brief summary of some of the highlights:

  • Different Microsoft divisions highlighted their deepening involvement with Wi-Fi: Microsoft Mobile Devices provided information about Microsoft's Windows Powered device software; .NET Mobile Developer offered news for developers looking to target the mobile market; the MapPoint unit announced Microsoft's .NET location-based service platform, MapPoint Web Service. The company also sponsored the Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference in conjunction with the show. 
  • IBM provided more details about its Cometa Networks' partnership; about its role in deploying Wi-Fi in truck stops around the country; and its technology partnership with BellSouth and Cirque de Soleil. 
  • Hewlett-Packard provided an update on a joint initiative with Starbucks and T-Mobile to deliver high-speed data services to hot spots, and demonstrated hot spot roaming. HP also showed off new solutions for mobile voice and data services, and new wireless capabilities for HP devices such as notebooks, Tablet PC, and Pocket PC, and new arrangements with mobile operators to enable customers with HP devices to access multiple CDMA and GPRS networks. The company also showed new software technologies for the development of wireless printing applications within the Microsoft .NET framework.
  • Lucent was big on both Wi-Fi and 3G. It demonstrated its Wi-Fi on the Move, which used a bus traveling near the conference center to show how hot spots could be connected to the Internet through 3G mobile networks. The bus was outfitted with an on-board 802.11b WLAN access point, which connected to the Internet through a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO link. The company also demonstrated its ability to provide interoperability between CDMA2000 and UMTS networks and offered a look at a High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) prototype system from Bell Labs.
  • Intel showed off its Centrino chipset, which is a combination of Intel's Pentium M processor, the Intel 855 chipset family, and its PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection card, which is built into the laptop near the motherboard. Another attention grabber was the Intel PXA800F cellular processor, which offers wireless-Internet-on-a-chip technology. The technology helps mobile phones and PDAs to combine voice communications and Internet access capabilities, bringing together processing, flash memory, and communications functions on a single chip.

Source: 802.11 Report

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory:  Wi-Fi did dominate a single predominant theme at CTIA. Having noticed that, we did not see corresponding enthusiasm from the network service providers to embrace it. 

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