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Study shows wireless still strong

Despite reports indicating a slowdown in wireless technologies, the wireless arena is still growing at a rapid pace, according to a recent report from Allied Business Intelligence.In its report called...


May 1, 2001  


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Despite reports indicating a slowdown in wireless technologies, the wireless arena is still growing at a rapid pace, according to a recent report from Allied Business Intelligence.

In its report called Wireless Data Networking 2000, the Oyster Bay, New York-based research firm points out that wireless subscriber numbers have failed to meet the many “irresponsible, grandiose predictions” made for the market. However, overall wireless subscribers of all types will continue to grow, and the deployment of infrastructure supporting both narrowband and broadband wireless applications will also continue to flourish.

The report says that subscribers will climb in each of the world’s regions as more spectrum is made available in various nations, as third-generation systems are tolled out, and as technologies improve. And while there will be close to 1.3 billion subscribers on second- and third-generation systems by 2005, the report predicts that a growing share will be held by new licensees.

To keep up with these new services and systems, ABI says handset shipments will continue to rise, allowing for a replacement rate of more than 60 per cent between 2002 and 2006. In addition to mobile cellular phones, there will be an upswing in laptop shipments and use, with more than one-third of laptop users taking advantage of wireless Internet access by 2005.

Personal digital assistants (PDAs) will also be used for truncated data services, says the report, which forecasts that almost three-quarters of all PDAs in use will access rewritten Internet content by 2005.


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