MobilCom: WLAN is a Niche Product

German MobilCom has already stated its intention to go with UMTS (also known as WCDMA), but the company said Monday it will also offer wireless LAN.

local mobile communication networks will be a meaningful supplement in
and large hotels, for example,” said Gerhard Schmid, chief executive officer of the MobilCom AG.

“Wireless LAN, however, is not a technology made for the mass

At the CeBIT 2001 show, MobilCom had already demonstrated a wireless LAN-test
in fair hall 25. In the past few months, this technology has been developed
a marketable product. With its enormous transmission capacity, wireless LAN
is designed for mobile access of computers to the Internet or to a company intranet. Thanks to WLAN, transfering huge amounts of
such as large-scale presentations, is made easier. At the same time, use is
restricted to small, limited areas, such as office floors, fairs, and
stations. Wireless LAN is not designed for use as a telephone connection.

Unlike the guaranteed coverage of UMTS, a connection with the Internet would
abruptly interrupted as soon as the user leaves the covered area of the
network. Also, LAN-customers would have to log in and, of course, register every time they change to a new local network. These
difficulties in practical use will prevent a success on the mass market, according to MobilCom.

However, wireless LAN can be seen as a useful, local supplement for the
travelling businessman and the manager, who often changes his working area.

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