At the beginning of Interop this week, Motorola announced that North American investment plans in WLAN technology looks to be strong in 2008. The wireless technology vendor, which recently announced plans to spin off its ailing mobile devices business, sponsored a Web-based survey of 550 North American decision-makers about their WLAN spending plans.
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You can see the survey results in this PDF file on Motorola’s web site. Indeed 56% of companies intend to increase their spending on WLAN technology over the next 12 months. Only 4% plan to cut their spending. This is surprising, given how shaky the economy is right now.
Motorola is showcasing its “all-wireless” enterprise concept at Interop this week. The company is demonstrating how its new line of mesh-enabled, 802.11n wireless LAN technologies and its high-powered point-to-point wireless technologies can be used to network a multi-location campus with wireless technology. Motorola appears to be one of the pioneers in this area. If the market for WLAN does stay strong, we could see some interesting deployments this year. I’m hoping to write up a case study or two on this soon.