Wireless LAN Adoption: A Quantitative Analysis
by Sage Research
People in the technology business are a cynical lot. When we see a technology has been around for more than a few years, and it hasn’t gone mainstream, we tend to be very dismissive. We point to examples of technologies that never lived up to their original hockey stick forecasts—products like Network Computers (NCs) and Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS) come to mind.
Wireless LANs (WLANs) are sometimes seen in this beleaguered class of products. After all, WLAN products have been available for years yet actual use is often limited to very niche applications. Up until recently, that is.
It is unusual for a dark horse in the technology race to come from behind, but this is exactly what’s happening with wireless LANs. Key factors related to supply and demand are converging. The result: a product category that isn’t new, but is newly energized.
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