Light Reading’s VOIP Insider recently released a report which states that a rise in handsets that can perform double duty as both cellular and 802.11 wireless local-area network (WLAN) phones will cause a corresponding rise in the popularity of voice over IP (VOIP) as the network of choice for many companies. The report, “VOIP & WLANs: Enterprise Market Challenges,” covers the development and availability of these kinds of phones, the quality of the WLAN’s on which they would run, the industry standards involved, wireless network operators’ attempts to accommodate these changes and the key drivers for this technology to gain acceptance. The changeover process is expected to take as long as two years, if not more.
Companies already selling VOIP over Wireless LAN’s (VOWLAN) to enterprises include Ascendent Systems (a subsidiary of Blackberry developer Research In Motion), DiVitas Networks, FirstHand Technologies, Network Equipment Technologies (NET), and PCTEL. These companies are profiled and analyzed in the report.
The report’s author, Light Reading’s Enterprise VOIP Insider research analyst Christine Hartman, says, “The arrival of dual-mode handsets represents an important step in the evolution of enterprise fixed/mobile convergence, but handsets alone won’t drive deployment of enterprise VOWLAN.” She contends that certain hurdles, such as compatibility with PBX’s, must first be overcome.
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