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This nice roundup at Wi-Fi Planet details announcements from Wi-Fi chip makers that are likely targeted at the voice market: Many of the big chip makers have come out with chips designed for use in low-power handheld devices like PDAs and phones. Some of them support quality of service which helps in giving priority to voice calls.
These bits of news bode well for growth in the market for voice over Wi-Fi. But this type of news, combined with the vendors that are introducing Wi-Fi phones, also suggest that the device side of the market, as opposed to the operator side, is actually driving voice over Wi-Fi. In the cellular world, handset makers and operators usually work closely to define the capabilities that operators want. Often when a new phone is introduced, it’s done so in conjunction with an operator or operators that plan to sell it. Not so in the voice over Wi-Fi market, where some handsets are being introduced without being attached to any specific hotspot operator. Such devices can be used at home with Wi-Fi networks and in totally open public networks but would be difficult to use with subscription based services that require authentication.
Posted by nancyg at May 26, 2005 12:52 AM
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