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Voice over WLAN’s success hinges on standards, performance and ROI: Study

Research and Markets released a study today that examines the voice over WLANs sector.


September 17, 2004  


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Research and Markets released a study today that examines the voice over WLANs sector.

“With the trend toward voice and data convergence, increasing workforce mobility, and mature WLAN technologies, voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) is finally emerging as a viable option for enterprise deployment,” the research firm said.

“However, with only anecdotal evidence of demand, no standard to guarantee quality of service over WLAN, and market fragmentation, the road to success in the VoWLAN market will be long and arduous.”

Competing mobile voice solutions include:

* Proprietary wireless systems integrated with PBX systems from the same vendor;

* Cell phones for mobile communications inside the organization including in-building antenna systems to boost indoor coverage;

* Licensed walkie-talkie-type private radio systems for internal communication

“From a technological and commercial perspective, VoWLAN is an ambitious undertaking that calls for the coordination of resources and best practices across multiple industries,” the company said.

“Although vendors have begun to forge relationships with complementary technology and service providers, bridging the disparate interests of these market participants is difficult.”