The broadband Wi-Fi hotspot market will show healthy growth in the medium- to long-term from 2006, says analyst Infonetics Research, with integrated new services on the way to drive user demand.
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Infonetics Research analyst Richard Webb, said, “Many carriers view hotspots as part of a wireless broadband strategy rather than a unique service, so the public Wi-Fi market is likely to receive extra stimulus as other wireless technologies such as WiMax and 3G gain market momentum and converge with Wi-Fi.”
Voice over IP across wireless Lans was likely to be the application that drives widespread adoption of wireless Lans throughout the enterprise, and then later in public Wi-Fi hotspots as well, said Infonetics.
Infonetics’ research shows that half of service providers will offer packet-based voice over IP services in 2006.
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