However, the growing acceptance of Wi-Fi may be a good situation for all types of wireless technologies. Intel's strong backing for Wi-Fi is expected to help boost acceptance of broadband wireless services in general, according to Gilbert.
"We believe that Intel's huge push behind Wi-Fi is probably the best thing that could happen for IPWireless," added Gilbert. "The more that users are enticed to buy laptops and look to start using their laptops outside the office, the more they will want a true wide area mobile solution."
For now, however, wide-area mobile broadband service providers have to accommodate Wi-Fi users in their deployments.
"We see Wi-Fi as an important complementary technology in the LAN (local area network) market," said Bob Smith, chief executive officer of Walker Wireless Ltd. in Auckland, which is using IPWireless' technology to set up a wireless broadband network across New Zealand over the next three years.
"We are looking to integrate Wi-Fi into the local hub so in that instance customers would locally be connected to the hub by a Wi-Fi connection and IPWireless would be the wide area connection from a fixed point."
Down the line, Walker Wireless is looking at having one PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) card that would have roaming between 802.11 and IPWireless on the card, according to Smith.