Unstrung Scoops 2004

It has been another busy year of scoops here at Unstrung, with our wide network of wireless whisperers keeping us -- and hopefully you, dear reader -- well informed about goings on in the enterprise 802.11 industry and beyond.

Here's some of the highlights:

Gallic Chums: Early on in the year we reported that French giant Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA) was looking for a wireless LAN switch partner and may have found one in Airespace Inc. (see Alcatel Seeking Switch Partner?). By March, it was official, with the pair teaming up to win some big contracts in Europe (see Alcatel & Nortel Push VOWLAN and Airespace Win Is Fair Play).

A Watery Cove: If you where reading back in January, you also knew that Alcatel had snapped up one-time wireless router contender WaterCove Networks Inc. for "a minimal fee" before many others in the industry did (see Alcatel to Drink WaterCove? and Alcatel Swallows WaterCove).

Mystery MAN: WiMax started to emerge as an interesting technology this year and baby-faced Euro editor Justin Springham has adeptly kept his finger on the pulse of this emerging technology with a slew of articles about what's been going on in the world of WiMax (see Wi-LAN's Patent Ensemble , Nokia Chills on WiMax and Nokia Rejoins WiMax Forum and many others) Cisco Kids: We also kept tabs on Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) strategy in the enterprise wireless LAN market, with adavnce news of its first switch product this spring and how concerns about wireless LAN security have caused the networking giant to look for more security partners as the year progressed (see The Eagle Has Landed? and AirDefense Secures Cisco?).

Shake It All Out: And of course Unstrung has been right on top of the ongoing wireless LAN switch shakeout. We had advance warning of both AirFlow Networks and Legra Systems shutting up shop this year (see AirFlown? and Exit Legra, Stage Right).

But it's likely that many more changes will happen next year, there has even been talk of new startups that want to muscle in on the centralized wireless LAN management space, so it could prove to be another rollercoaster year.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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