2008 Wireless LAN State-of-the-Market Report Series

Webtorials Editorial/Analyst Division

Lead analyst: Joanie Wexler
Posted and October 2008
 

Abstract:
 

In August 2008, the Webtorials Editorial/Analyst Division surveyed the Webtorials subscriber base for the fifth consecutive year concerning enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) deployment plans, attitudes and experiences. This report series summarizes the findings, which were gathered from a Web-based response pool of several hundred, geographically diverse Webtorials subscribers throughout the world. Only responses from individuals who said they are actively involved with their companiesí WLANs have been included in the results.

 

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2008 WLAN State-of-the-Market Results Webcast

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A Webtorials Conversation

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Webtorials Lead Analyst Joanie Wexler discusses this topic, joined by Kevin Goulet of Motorola, with Analyst/Consulting Division cofounder Steven Taylor acting as moderator. The conversation is approximately 33 minutes.

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Multiple output options, including downloading a .pdf copy of the slides, are available.

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Executive Summary: Wi-Fi Attitudes Shift

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Summary paper now available for download

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Part 1 of this Webtorials State-of-the-Market Report Series

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WLAN Deployment Trends: Networks, Devices, Security

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Part 2 of this Webtorials State-of-the-Market Report Series

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WLANs of some flavor have been deployed throughout the common areas of many respondentsí organizations (83%). Like last year, fewer companies (55%) have covered individual workspaces with Wi-Fi infrastructure. Virtually all respondents said that some number of their employees carried at least one Wi-Fi-enabled device; in fact, 47% of respondents said that at least half of their organizationís employee population had one or more Wi-Fi devices, up from just 34% last year.

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Enterprise Strategies for 802.11n

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Part 3 of this Webtorials State-of-the-Market Report Series

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Discusses enterprise attitudes and plans for deploying next-generation, high-speed 802.11n wireless LANs (WLANs).  Among the key findings are:

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Acceptance of 802.11n networks in pre-standard form took a big jump from last year. However, there is relatively little 802.11n commercially deployed in enterprises today.

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More than a third of respondents are thinking ahead to all-wireless enterprise access networks as a reason to deploy 802.11n.

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Respondents cited infrastructure and client upgrade costs as the greatest barrier to 11n deployment. They also still consider standards ratification delays to be a significant challenge.

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New! WLAN Application Trends

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Part 4 of this Webtorials State-of-the-Market Report Series

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Discusses the current application and business drivers fueling enterprise adoption of WLANs. Among the key findings in this report series segment:
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The drivers behind continued Wi-Fi deployments have remained fairly consistent for the past five years. Faster access to mobile employees and improved mobile employee productivity persist as the top benefits enterprises hope to realize with WLANs.

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The main Wi-Fi applications currently in use are email and intranet/Internet access, though enterprises now also have significant experience under their belts with deploying their core business apps over the air, too.

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The business applications fueling early high-speed Draft 802.11n deployments are, surprisingly, also fairly traditional: voice over IP (VoIP), collaboration and growing basic data loads. However, respondents appear to be planning to take advantage of 802.11nís bandwidth with new location and multimedia Wi-Fi applications, as well.

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Background Information
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Demographics for this State-of-the-Market Report Series

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Acknowledgment: Please note that this State-of-the Market Report is made possible in part due to the support of Motorola.

 


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