Nokia dials networking

Nokia dials networking
Richard Wilson Mobile phone firm Nokia has surprised the networking industry by saying it will introduce wireless LAN systems for laptop computers later this year. Nokia is the latest firm to show renewed interest in the wireless LAN market following the adoption of a higher speed version of the longstanding wireless interface standard known as IEEE 802.11. Extensions to that standard will increase the wireless LAN data rate from 2Mbit/s to 11Mbit/s. Nokia will join wireless LAN adaptor card suppliers like Nortel Networks in bringing out products supporting 10Mbit/s data rates this year. Networking giant 3Com is also believed to be showing renewed interest in the wireless LAN market, which in the past has been unattractive to suppliers because of its limited data rate capabilities.


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