2006 Wireless LAN State-of-the-Market Report
by Joanie Wexler
Published and posted August, 2006


The productivity benefits associated with general user mobility are becoming increasingly apparent to businesses, as evidenced by the growth in wireless LAN (WLAN) deployments in mainstream enterprise environments. In April 2006, Webtorials surveyed its subscriber base for the third consecutive year concerning WLAN deployment plans, attitudes, and experiences. This report is a summary and analysis of those findings, compiled from Web-based survey responses of 350 subscribers.


The 2006 Webtorials survey revealed the following other key enterprise WLAN deployment and usage trends:

  1. Mainstream business WLAN implementations are widespread.

  2. 802.11b growth is waning, and 11g deployment plans currently outstrip those for more mature 802.11a networks.

  3. Centralized management architectures are quickly gaining traction.

  4. Plans for converged Wi-Fi/cellular networking are strong.

  5. Confidence in wireless security is growing, but is far from rock-solid.

  6. Voice over Wi-Fi deployments haven’t increased much, but enthusiasm persists.



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About the Author:

Joanie Wexler is an independent technology analyst and editor who reports on trends and issues in the computer-networking and telecommunications industries.  She authors the “Wireless in the Enterprise” newsletter for Network World Fusion and contributes frequently to industry trade publications such as Business Communications Review and Computerworld.


Acknowledgment: Please note that this paper was made possible in part due to the support of Aruba Networks.


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