Who Makes Mobile Infrastructure?

Beginning in 1999 with the emergence of the 802.11 wireless networking standard and its many offshoots, including WiFi, the number of different types of wireless networks, and of the gear for running and managing them, has exploded.

Getting a handle on the vendors and products in wireless networking infrastructure is a critical task for IT departments today -- and one that few IT managers have the time for.

That's why Unstrung has produced the new report, Who Makes What: Mobile Infrastructure.

Based on extensive research and input from the vendors themselves, the report presents a comprehensive list of vendors of wireless infrastructure equipment, from 802.11 access points to RFID systems to broadband wireless gear.

In just a few years, the wireless infrastructure market has expanded beyond its origins in cellphone towers and repeaters to included many different versions of WiFi, or 802.11 networks, as well as Bluetooth, WiMax, next-generation cellular networks, radio-frequency ID tags linking up to wireless backhaul networks, and other forms of enterprise wireless networks.

This explosive growth has been propelled, over the last year, by the rapid rollout of municipal wireless mesh networks, which use intelligent access points running peer-to-peer radio networks without the need for wireline backhaul from each AP; and by the tantalizing prospect of "true" wireless broadband, running over WiMax or some other form of advanced networking technology.

The vendors include well known tech giants such as Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), as well as new or obscure startups like Ekahau Inc. , Cranite Systems Inc. , and Xirrus Inc.

The new report includes brief surveys of seven different forms of mobile infrastructure along with hyperlinked vendor lists and collections of related content from Unstrung and Light Reading.

Vendors not yet included in the report can add their companies to the list either by posting a note on the message board for the report or by sending us an email. Please include "Who Makes What" and your company name in the subject field.

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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