A recent survey by In-Stat/MDR has shown that wireless local area networks (WLans) are moving beyond simply being an "overlay" to the wired Lan, to becoming a more pervasive and integral part of business customers' network infrastructure.
In-Stat/MDR found that this is particularly evident when comparing survey respondents whose businesses have deployed WLans with respondents whose businesses are planning to deploy WLans in the near future.
Respondents indicated that planned WLans will be accessible to a larger percentage of the business' employees and consist of a larger number of access points than current WLans. Companies also seem to be planning larger budgets for future WLAN deployments, compared to the budgets for current WLan deployments.
Security is the top concern among all segments of respondents surveyed, and, consequently, said Sam Lucero, an In-Stat/MDR analyst, "should be a top concern for WLan IC and WLan equipment suppliers when developing, marketing, and selling their products".
Security concerns were cited as the top reason for respondents to not deploy WLans in their networks, narrowly edging out "no need for WLans".
Basic network access remains, by far, the most popular use for WLan connectivity. The results suggested that, although WLan deployment has, so far, been strongest in vertical industry segments, industry-specific applications - such as inventory tracking - are not the primary reason that WLans are deployed.
WLans seem to be deployed to give more mobile employees the same access to the network as their stationary colleagues.
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