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Lisa Phifer's 2004 industry predictions

See what our wireless expert Lisa Phifer thinks 2004 will bring.

We asked our site experts to give us their industry predictions for the New Year. Here's what our wireless expert Lisa Phifer had to say:

  • Availability of WPA and pre-standard 802.11i in Wi-Fi products will lay to rest old concerns about WEP cracking, helping the industry refocus more of its attention to needs other than security.

  • The wireless LAN switching market will start to contract as some start-ups are acquired by large network hardware vendors, and others fail to find a profitable niche.

  • Business use of smartphones and PDAs will continue to grow, finally reaching the critical mass needed to draw real IT attention to scalable administration and corporate privacy concerns.

  • Dual-mode 3G and Wi-Fi handsets will emerge, but wireless WAN/LAN roaming will initially be hampered by inadequate network infrastructure and lack of business agreements necessary to deliver ubiquitous connectivity with seamless handoffs.
    Lisa Phifer, Vice President, Core Competence, Inc.
    Lisa Phifer owns Core Competence, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in network security and management technology. Core Competence produces The Internet Security Conference (TISC), an annual symposium for network security professionals. Phifer has been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of data communications, internetworking, security, and network management products for nearly 20 years.

    Questions about 802.11b, a, or x? How about remote access and security? Ask Lisa a question or browse her previously addressed Q&As in her Ask-the-Expert section.

    Lisa also offered her predictions in 2003. Want to see if she was on the mark? Click here.

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