Dr. Yasuhisa Nakamura

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The last two years have been filled with considerable excitement over the potential of wireless LANs (WLANs) and the enthusiasm continues into 2004. The debate as to whether WLANs will complement or cannibalize 3G networks hasn't let up. Several prominent analysts have labeled 802.11 as a disruptive technology, even though it has been around for a while, and forecasted negative revenue implications for planned 3G business models. Clearly WLAN technology is at a turning point in its adoption and a number of factors are conspiring to bring this about. The increasing penetration of DSL, cable, and fiber into the home is providing sufficient fixed-line bandwidth to take advantage of the theoretical 11 Mbps maximum Wi-Fi can offer. At this point, 802.11 has emerged as the clearly dominant standard. Major OEMs are incorporating embedded Wi-Fi into their product lines. Inte... (more)