The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi

The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi has become the preferred means for connecting to the internet - at home, in the office, in hotels and at airports. Increasingly, Wi-Fi also provides internet access for remote communities where it is deployed by volunteers in community-based networks, by operators in 'hotspots' and by municipalities in 'hotzones'. This book traces the global success of Wi-Fi to the landmark change in radio spectrum policy by the US FCC in 1985, the initiative by NCR Corporation to start development of Wireless-LANs and the drive for an open standard IEEE 802.11, released in 1997. It also singles out and explains the significance of the initiative by Steve Jobs at Apple to include Wireless-LAN in the iBook, which moved the product from the early adopters to the mass market. The book explains these developments through first-hand accounts by industry practitioners and concludes with reflections and implications for government policy and firm strategy.21 See IEEE Project 802 Policies and Procedures manual; policies-and-procedures.pdf. ... 23 The objective is to make a a#39;softa#39; switchover, without the application or the user being aware that a change has been made. ... The settlement allowed ATaamp;T to expand abroad, which led to a joint venture with Philips Electronics in the field of public ... HP, IBM, Intel, iReady, Microsoft, Motorola, OTC Telecom, Proxim, RF Monolithics, Samsung and Symbionics ( Lansford, 1999).

Title:The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi
Author:Wolter Lemstra, Vic Hayes, John Groenewegen
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-11-18


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