Wireless The Beauty of Ubiquity

DQI Bureau
New Update

As new applications and devices proliferate, Wi-Fi will become a necessity

for many people, creating a grassroot-level demand for Wi-Fi connectivity in

public business places like hotels, airports, and other meeting places,

considering a large section of the population works while in transit.

Accessibility of public hotspots, reduction of bandwidth costs and availability

of Wi-Fi-enabled notebooks will be the growth drivers in the wireless market.

There are already several devices in the market which are Wi-Fi compatible, like

handhelds, PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras, all-in-ones, MP3 players,

video-on-demand. Utilization of these products by the younger generation will

certainly assure demand in the next wave of connectivity.


WiMaxing Out

WiMAX, the next big revolution in the wireless space, is a welcome addition for
a country like India, where broadband penetration is low; it will definitely

increase broadband connectivity rates. WiMAX can be used independently or can

complement Wi-Fi, to provide last-mile connectivity. It will provide additional

services and, simultaneously, increase Wi-Fi usage and vice versa, spurring

greater acceptance of wireless connectivity. According to IDC, by the end of

2005, there will be as many as 118,000 public "hotspots" worldwide.


enterprises, the rate of adoption is increasing exceptionally, and this can be

largely attributed to companies providing notebooks to their employees.

Employees can travel and stay connected to their network or download information

from the Internet. In order to expand into a wireless network, enterprises have

to only invest in access points, as they already have the LAN network in place.

The primary challenge for CIOs for internal use is the issue of security. The

security issue has, to a large extent, been addressed by the latest IEEE

security recommendations like WPA, 802.1x and TKIP. However, there are several

private players in the market who cater to this segment like Blue Socket, Vivato.

Even the Access Points (APs) from vendors like Airespace and Proxim offer

extremely high scalable and configurable levels of security for private

networks. These allow most of the security issues to be taken care of while

deploying Wi-Fi for internal and external usage. The tremendous growth in the

wireless space is an indicator that in the next couple of years, wireless

technology and products in India will be viewed more as a commodity, and a

necessity, rather than of mere gizmo value.

Paramjit Singh Puri, head, APAC and India, Pronto Networks