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Press Release--Wireless LAN Association Welcomes Alcatel, Colubris Networks, And WaveLink as New Sponsor Members

SAN JOSE, Calif., (Feb. 4, 1997) — The Wireless LAN Association (WLANA) today praised the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recent approval of a plan to allocate 300 megahertz (Mhz) of spectrum for unlicensed wireless data communications.

"The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) allocation of additional radio frequency spectrum for unlicensed, high-speed data applications provide exciting opportunities for next generation communications technology," said WLANA President Jeff Abramowitz.

"By allocating additional frequencies for wireless communications, more wireless LAN products and services will be developed. This will ultimately increasing communications options available to consumers, businesses, communities and schools," Abramowitz added.

The FCC approved a plan last month to make available additional spectrum at 5.15-5.35 GHz and 5.725 - 5.875 GHz for use by a new category of unlicensed equipment. The commission noted that in setting up the Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII), the new rules will "foster development of a broad range of new devices, stimulate the growth of new industries, and promote the ability of U.S. manufacturers to compete globally by enabling them to develop unlicensed digital products for the world market."

Wireless LAN technology has been proven in data collection, point of sale and inventory applications and is gaining popularity in applications that include clinical data capture in hospitals, trading on stock exchange floors, and real-time information access on corporate intranets.

The wireless LAN market, estimated at more than $200 million in 1996, is growing at more than 50 percent per year. Industry analysts expect the market to reach the $1 billion mark by the year 2000.

WLANA is an alliance of 15 leading worldwide suppliers of wireless local area network products and technology who represent more than 95 percent of current wireless LAN industry revenues. WLANA is dedicated to promoting increased awareness and knowledge of wireless LANs among the networking and business communities. The alliance provides vendor-independent information about the growing number of wireless LAN applications and maintains an educational web site at www.wlana.org.

Gregory DiCillo Managing Director
Wireless LAN Association
38083 West Spaulding Suite 201 Willoughby, OH 44094
Phone: 440-602-WLANA (9526) Fax: 440-953-0039 email:[email protected]
url: www.wlana.org

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