SOURCE: Infonetics Research

October 24, 2006 14:40 ET

Over 80% of North American organizations will adopt wireless LANs by 2010, says Infonetics study

LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 24, 2006 -- According to a new study by Infonetics Research, the percent of North American small, medium, and large organizations deploying wireless LANs (WLANs) jumps from 56% in 2005 to 85% in 2010.

The study, "User Plans for Wireless LANs and Mobility: North America 2006," also shows that WiMAX will be adopted by nearly 20% and wireless mesh by 12% of North American organizations by 2010.

"Mobility is becoming an increasingly significant part of overall corporate strategy, and user organizations want to arm their employees with a range of connectivity options whilst on the move, either on or off campus," said Richard Webb, senior analyst at Infonetics Research and lead author of the report.

The study shows a strong trend toward convergence. "Organizations are looking toward a next generation enterprise network in which wired and wireless, voice and data, and indoor and outdoor network uses are converged. Many will take advantage of a combination of wireless broadband infrastructure and services plus cellular to enable this new mobility model," Webb continued.

"At the same time, they are beginning to utilize their wireless assets for supporting more complex applications beyond basic e-mail and Web browsing, such as supply chain management, RFID tagging, voice and even video over IP. Organizations will need to become more active in planning for capacity as they scale up the number of wireless users and applications," added Webb.

Study Highlights

--  Employee demand tops the list of wireless LAN adoption drivers, rated
    highly by 50% of respondents
--  Laptops are by far the most popular device for accessing the WLAN, but
    WiFi VoIP handsets -- especially dual-mode WiFi/cellular handsets -- show
    strong growth
--  The strongest driver for deploying VoWLAN is convergence of the voice
    and data networks, considered a driver by over half of the study's
--  There is a discernible shift away from distributed to centralized
    intelligence in WLAN architecture
--  46% have a wireless policy that defines how employees can use the
    WLAN, WiMAX, or 2.5G/3G data services available to them
--  Security concerns top the list of reasons why organizations have not
    adopted WLANs, with 63% of non-adopters citing this as an important factor
Infonetics' adoption rates for wireless LAN and data services using WiMAX, wireless mesh, 2.5G, and 3G are based on interviews with 200 small, 150 medium, and 100 large organizations (450 total) in North America, completed at the same time as the interviews for the main study. The main study is based on in-depth interviews with 240 organizations about their use of and plans for wireless LANs, wireless mesh, WiMAX, and cellular data services, and includes analysis on 5 verticals (education, manufacturing, government, business services, and retail).

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Infonetics Research ( is the premier international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom. Services include market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst, Wireless
    Infonetics Research
    +44 (0) 168.985.1618
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