Skys the Limit

Despite the economic slump, enterprises continue to invest in wireless applications that allow mobile workers to be more efficient.

Despite the economic slump, enterprises continue to invest in wireless applications that allow mobile workers to be more efficient.

More than 60 million U.S. employees will use some sort of wireless devices, primarily cellular phones, for business purposes in 2001, according to Cahners In-Stat Group. The majority of business wireless users will likely be found in the smallest businesses - firms with fewer than 100 employees, Cahners said.

U.S. businesses are expected to spend nearly $37 billion on wireless communications services in 2001 - and nearly $74 billion by 2005.

Worldwide shipments of wireless local area networking gear will exceed 20 million units and $1.5 billion by 2007, Frost & Sullivan said.

By the end of 2002, 30 percent of all enterprises will risk security breaches because theyve deployed 802.11b wireless local area networks without proper security, according to Gartner.

A survey conducted by AFCOM, the association of data center professionals, indicated that by the beginning of 2002, more than 40 percent of enterprise data centers will have wireless accessibility.