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By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2005-05-06 Print this article Print

TeleCommunication Systems is providing a new service to deal with the explosion of wireless devices and services within companies. The new service, called Mobeo, is an outsourcing suite for wireless enterprise users. The goal of the service is to give enterprise managers a single point of contact for all of their wireless needs, anywhere. Mobeo would present a single bill, a single help desk and the means to handle different requirements in different locations. The service would support everything from phones and BlackBerry devices to wireless data.
Yankee Group analyst George Hamilton said that until now, the difficulty of managing diverse wireless requirements has led to companies denying some productivity improvements to employees. "This management platform means you can benefit from the productivity, rather than limiting it," he said.
Enterasys Networks showed its new RoamAbout secure wireless switches. The new switch can manage endpoints and access points on the network, and alert managers to noncompliant and rogue devices on the network. It can also shut those devices out of the network. About the only thing missing from the exhibits was commercial-quality wireless VOIP (voice over IP). There was a smattering of products, but not everyone saw what they needed. According to network manager Steve Tanguary, from Silver Star Communications, of Freedom, Wyo., what he most wanted to see was wireless VOIP. "Were getting ready to roll out VOIP in the next few weeks," he said. He added that he also wished there had been some customer service outsourcing providers at the show. "We need 24-by-7 tech support," he said. Click here to read about the growing support for voice over wireless LANs. The wireless explosion does not mean that the wired network has vanished, however. Ample Communications Inc. relaunched its 40 Gigabit Ethernet hardware. According to vice president Marek Tlalka, the product was originally launched in 2003, but market conditions werent right. He said that now, buoyed by strong interest by the U.S. government and by carriers including Deutsche Telekom, his company is starting to see commercial demand for 40-gigabit networking. "Were the first commercial product on the market," Tlalka said, noting that while Cisco Systems Inc. has been working on a similar product, its not currently available on the open market. He said that he expects the first volume purchasers will be the test and measurement industry and makers of 40-gigabit routers. "Systems for testing will be available within twelve months," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.

Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazineÔÇÖs Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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