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Wireless VOIP: The Path to Enterprise Fixed/Mobile Convergence
Wireless local-area networks (WLAN) and voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) are among the hottest topics in telecom today. Both have become mainstays of enterprise networking and both are disruptive technologies that can help businesses to reengineer working practices to become more productive and efficient.

This report gauges progress on both the WLAN network and device fronts, as the market moves towards widespread delivery of wireless VOIP. It also addresses the interplay between WLAN network infrastructure, wireless VOIP phones, and IP telephony systems as integration and interoperability among all these elements becomes ever more important both in terms of vendors developing more complete in-house solutions, and in terms of strategic, high-level partnerships between vendors looking to create "best-of-breed" wireless VOIP packages.

A third component of the report is the integration of WLAN, VOIP, and fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) technologies. In fact, enterprise FMC is the development that could really push wireless VOIP into the mainstream. In its most direct form, this involves the integration of VOIP client software (from the major IP telephony vendors) with high-end dualmode phones (from vendors such as Nokia and Motorola).
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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In the enterprise WLAN infrastructure segment, vendors can be assessed against two measures: 1) the design of the WLAN network architecture and its support for VOIP, and 2) the overall wireless VOIP positioning of the vendor. This chart below attempts to position vendors according to these measures.
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Initiatives to develop dualmode handsets that work with leading IP PBX systems have recently kicked up a gear. Most notable are a series of partnerships and strategic alliances between the A-list vendors in both markets. Recent announcements are summarized in the following chart.
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802.11 handset vendors featured in this report: Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA); Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); Net-2Com Corp./Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.; Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK); Research In Motion (RIM) Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM; Toronto: RIM); Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC); Senao International Co. Ltd.; SpectraLink Corp.; UTStarcom Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI); and ZyXEL Communications Corp.
Private WLAN infrastructure vendors analyzed in this report: Aruba Wireless Networks Inc.; Bluesocket Inc.; Colubris Networks Inc.; Extricom Ltd.; Meru Networks Inc.; Trapeze Networks Inc.; Vocera Communications Inc.; and Xirrus Inc.
Public enterprise networking vendors analyzed in this report: Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA); Avaya Inc. (NYSE: AV); Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO); Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR); Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT); Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); and Symbol Technologies Inc. (NYSE: SBL).
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