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Editor's forecast: Here comes wireless

This year was the annus mirabilis of peer-to-peer networking. From virtually nowhere, this niche has touched � in some cases, gripped � virtually every segment of the networking industry, spearheaded by Napster and the virtually universal appeal of free, user-controllable CD-quality music. Not a university or business in the nation hasn't had to deal with the bandwidth consumed by such products and the router-level control required to address it, and even entrenched industry titans like Intel scrambled to come up with their own peer-to-peer strategies and products. In 2001, we expect to see wireless networking become comparably important. From XML to handheld solutions to wireless LANs built atop 802.11b or 802.11a technologies to broadband wireless carriers such as Teligent and TeraBeam, we think wireless is going to represent a very significant fraction of the networking market, and look forward to seeing how it evolves.

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