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A world without wires

How do you manage a local area network when the local area keeps changing? By Philip Ling.

While the penetration of Bluetooth hinges on encouraging as many solution providers, adopters and integrators in to the fray as possible for it to really take off, the prospect of producing a wireless LAN solution may be becoming less attractive. The increasing number of players means the chances of dominating the space are lowered and, for some, that makes it a non starter.

Sony's semiconductor division, for instance, has no plans to enter this already 'too crowded' sector. Motorola has declared it will now only participate in markets where it can be in the top two – so if and when it does enter the 802.11 space, it will be with a bang or not at all.

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