Converged wireless networks offer savings and flexibility

Alcatel and Nortel both plan to demonstrate wireless Lan products that support voice calls over internal wireless networks at the...

Alcatel and Nortel both plan to demonstrate wireless Lan products that support voice calls over internal wireless networks at the CeBIT show.

One of the benefits of this technology is that it enables companies to streamline their telephone infrastructure by carrying voice traffic on data networks and reducing the amount of cabling needed in a building.

Using wireless-enabled devices connected to the corporate network also gives staff the flexibility to roam around company buildings and pick up calls through wireless Lan connections no matter where they are.

Strategic business benefits include allowing firms to handle office re-organisations without worrying about fixed connections, and giving them an easier way to implement hot-desking.

Chris Kozup, an analyst at Meta Group, said, "Integrating wireless into the enterprise is a logical evolution of the converged communications infrastructure.

"Enterprises require a wireless system that integrates seamlessly into the existing network and can deliver mission-critical applications such as VoIP in a highly reliable, predictable and secure fashion."

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