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World Without Wires

The ability to live, work and play without wiring restrictions is desirable to many people. As a result, a growing number of large and small companies are looking to cut those cables.

With wireless technology driving top technology issues like mobility, security and voice convergence, resellers can help unmask the complexity of wireless mobility.

Discussions on cellular, wireless LAN and wireless broadband, business and consumer markets, mobile devices, applications, contents and services, emerging mobile solutions, near field communications, machine-to-machine communications, location-based services and RFID are all part of the wireless chit chat.

Given the growing number of wireless options, IT managers are often left scratching their heads. Certainly, it's a challenge enabling workers to take corporate data and voice networks with them, and allowing devices to connect over any network, including the Internet, to securely access enterprise resources.

Assessing notebooks with built-in 3G against Wi-Fi and newer technologies like WiMax is just one consideration. A complex mix of hardware, software and network infrastructure decisions need to be made.

And while last year saw massive wireless investment, analysts suggest there is going to be no dominant technology for the foreseeable future, and there will continue to be lots of confusion.

Complicating matters further, the trend towards convergence and multi-modality in the mobile and wireless space could spell trouble for the channel, according to IDC analyst Jerson Yau.

A recent deal in Europe between Dell and Vodafone, whereby Dell plans to integrate Vodafone 3G wireless broadband into its notebooks, could potentially cut out the middleman.

Resellers would find it increasingly difficult to compete with vendors and carriers, and need to step up to system integrator status, Yau said.


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