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Meru Talks Up Japan

If you want to see the future of wireless LAN, check out Japan, says the new CEO of enterprise 802.11 startup Meru Networks Inc. The firm, which offers centrally managed kit aimed at voice-over-wireless LAN applications, has just been selected as an 802.11 infrastructure provider by three of the leading VOIP players in Japan. Fujitsu Ltd. (OTC: FJTSY; Tokyo: 6702), Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA), and Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. have all signed deals with the startup.

Meru's new CEO, Ihab Abu-Hakima, sees Japan as the proving ground for VOIP applications of all kinds (see Meru Has New Guru). "Japan is probably about a year ahead of where the U.S. is with enterprise VOIP deployments," he says.

And he thinks that NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s (NYSE: DCM) introduction of a cellular-WiFi handset really helped to kickstart the domestic VOWLAN market: "It took a carrier to aggressively go after the market to really make it happen," he says.

This kind of push hasn't yet taken place in the U.S. market, but if Abu-Hakima is correct it might just be a matter of time. Especially as handset makers are slowly trickling dualmode devices onto the market.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

wbthomson 12/5/2012 | 3:24:10 AM
re: Meru Talks Up Japan Just wondering which vendors are beginning to offer combo devices in the CDMA/802.11 space.
notaclue 12/5/2012 | 3:23:55 AM
re: Meru Talks Up Japan Motorola has announced a phone but have not yet seen it in the marketplace.

Nokia, et al have also announced products with availability later this CY
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