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New Opportunities Created By VoWiFi

From ABI Research’s press release:

Wireless LAN switch vendors once promoted their solutions as ways to centralize management of wireless LAN, to manage security, spectrum, access points and users. More recently, they have reinvented themselves as purveyors of VoWi-Fi platforms, according to ABI Research Senior Analyst, Phil Solis. “Using these vendors’ technologies,” he says, “you can allow users to connect automatically to access points experiencing lower traffic.” Such solutions also help users achieve various kinds of Quality of Service. As users move from place to place, they can also better enable handoffs and roaming, by pre-authenticating them on the next access point. “In one sense it’s an opportunity for such switch vendors to differentiate themselves,” adds Solis, “but so many of them are now taking up this opportunity that the question really becomes, ‘who does it better?'”

At a more basic level, VoWi-Fi also presents significant opportunities for IC makers. Companies such as Texas Instruments, Philips, and Agere are applying their talents to designing ever-smaller, less power-hungry chips. Integration and low power consumption are the goals here with designs targeted towards cellular handsets and other small handheld devices. Agere, which originally developed mainly higher-end Wi-Fi ICs for enterprise solutions, is now pushing into wider markets: consumer handsets using Wi-Fi for transfer of images and video at hotspots, or VoWi-Fi in the home to alleviate the “dead spot” problems encountered in some locations.

ABI Research’s report, “Voice over Wi-Fi: Client Devices, Forecasts, and Network Design Issues” provides in-depth analysis of today’s VoWi-Fi solutions and the markets they serve, network issues, protocols, and vertical markets, and more, including key market forecasts