Wireless networking set to dominate Cebit show

Wireless, high-bandwidth networking and storage are set to dominate next week's Cebit trade fair in Hanover, Germany - the...

Wireless, high-bandwidth networking and storage are set to dominate next week's Cebit trade fair in Hanover, Germany - the biggest IT trade show in Europe.

In his keynote speech at the show, Microsoft's president and chief executive Steve Ballmer will focus on his company's plans for wireless technology in the enterprise and will showcase Microsoft's next-generation handheld terminal.

Known as Mira, the device mirrors PC content but can be carried up to 150m from the desktop machine. The device uses the 802.11 set of standards to communicate with the PC and has a variety of input methods - stylus, on-screen keypads and attachable keyboards.

Ian Keene, an analyst at Gartner Group, said wireless Lan and Gigabit Ethernet technology will figure heavily at Cebit. "The driver for the push in wireless Lans is that this is one area in the enterprise that has seen growth occur in the last year," he said.

"Gigabit Ethernet is also a growth area, partly because there is extra capacity in general and also because the metropolitan segment of the network can benefit from the technology. At present, it constitutes a bottleneck."

Gartner's Jouni Forsmann, added, "There will be lot of emphasis on broadband-enabled applications such as video and voice but there will also be competing technologies such as powerline.

"And, because the industry has moved beyond the technology development phase in broadband, we will see a lot of discussion of the broadband regulatory environment."

Less glamorous but perhaps of more immediate use to the business, storage looks set to occupy a great deal of floorspace at the show.

Cebit usually sees few product launches because of a fear of invisibility among the huge number of exhibitors, but Hitachi and Seagate are both set to announce new storage equipment.

Graham Fisher, an analyst at Bloor Research, said, "Storage will be a big area. Need is becoming greater but it is not a 'greenfield' area. There is much existing infrastructure, and better ways of optimising storage will engage people's minds."

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