Analyst: Voice over WLAN picking up steam

By Lindsay Bruce, ITWorldCanada.com |  Mobile & Wireless

Kim also reinforced a couple of the key challenges that are casting a shadow over the deployment of voice over wireless LAN today -- proprietary solutions and security.

When it comes to security in the voice over Wi-Fi market, Kim said the perception of reliability is tied to both VoIP and wireless LAN -- neither of which are necessarily perceived to be of the highest reliability.
Although proprietary schemes are not in and of themselves necessarily wrong for the market, they are definitely an impediment to scaling the nascent market, Kim said.

Proprietary standards are plaguing the market on two levels, according to Kim: on vendor specific implementations of VoIP and the VoIP signaling protocols. These protocols would require end users to match their PBX with the Wi-Fi telephony system that they have selected.

"You can't just go to the market, it's not like buffet today where you can just pick and choose and put solutions in place," Kim said.

The fact that no dominant player has emerged in the market and that the competitive landscape has yet to be determined gives the players the opportunity to start shaping the industry and to think about how they would approach the voice over wireless LAN market, Kim said.

"Most of the activity right now is focused on partnerships, not yet acquisitions, but I suspect that that's also not out of the question in the near term. The key right now for vendors is to understand their strengths and, of course, their weaknesses."

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