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WLANA to incorporate personal and home wireless technologies into its existing program of wireless education

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA., February 16, 1999 — The Wireless LAN Association (WLANA), an industry trade association of the 11 leading suppliers of wireless local area networking products and technologies, announced today that it will broaden the scope of its educational efforts to become a comprehensive resource for all forms of local wireless applications and technologies. In order to reflect recent areas of growth in the market, WLANA will expand its educational efforts to include personal area networks (PANs) and will expand its coverage of home radio-frequency networks.

"We are responding to the needs of the market," said Greg DiCillo, managing director of The Wireless LAN Association. "The recent increase in product, company and consortium announcements, such as Bluetooth and HomeRF, are exciting but potentially confusing for end users. We've been besieged with requests to help explain the dynamics of the wireless industry. The expansion of WLANA's educational charter will help current and future users of wireless products identify types of technologies and products that best meet their needs and will serve as a resource for industry press and analysts."

"The entire wireless industry is in a period of growth and transition," said Jeff Abramowitz, WLANA president. "The $450 million local wireless segment of the industry is about to cross the chasm into three broad segments; general purpose enterprise applications, home networking applications and ubiquitous personal area connectivity. The Wireless LAN Association tracks this industry progress and continues to educate potential users on the benefits of these technologies," Abramowitz added.

New WLANA Officers
At its recent quarterly meeting, The Wireless LAN Association elected officers who will help broaden WLANA's scope. Jeff Abramowitz (3Com Corporation) was re-elected and maintains his role as president. Vanessa Swancott (Alvarion, Inc.) was elected vice president and secretary, and John Hughes (Symbol Technologies) was elected treasurer.

The Wireless LAN Association is a non-profit consortium of wireless LAN vendors that provides a clearinghouse of information about wireless local area applications, issues and trends. The Alliance maintains an educational web site at www.wlana.com with industry studies, white papers, case studies and links to related topics and member web sites. Our content will be expanded to include practical applications for both wireless personal area networks and wireless networking in the home.

Current WLANA members include: 3Com, Aironet Wireless Communications, Inc., BreezeCOM Inc., Cabletron Systems, Inc., Harris Semiconductor, Intermec Technologies, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks Wireless LAN Group (Formerly Netwave Technologies, Inc.), Proxim, Inc., Raytheon Wireless Solutions and Symbol Technologies, Inc. (www.symbol.com). For more information on WLANA and its educational efforts, or to obtain information about membership, please view our web site, www.wlana.com, or call or write The Wireless LAN Association; 38083 West Spaulding Suite 201, Willoughby, OH 44094; E-mail: [email protected].

Alliance Contact:
Greg DiCillo
Wireless Lan Association, Director
Wireless Lan Association (WLANA)
Voice: 440-602-WLANA (9526)Fax: 440-953-0039
E-mail [email protected]

For more information on WLANA and its educational efforts, please contact The Wireless LAN Association at: 2723 Delaware Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061, E-mail: [email protected].

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