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100th Post! WLAN Revenues Up Almost 30%

Welcome to our 100th post here on the Wavelink Blog. We’ve been increasing page views every week since we started this blog, almost two years ago. Thanks for your continued interest in our topics and news here!

Today’s post looks at the rise in revenue in the WLAN market during 2010. Companies like Cisco, Meru, Aruba, HP, etc. saw excellent growth in 2010, and as the article states, is largely due to the rise in smartphones and tablets. Here’s a look at some of the numbers;

IDC analysts [Sept. 1] said that in the second quarter, WLAN revenue grew 29.7 percent over the same period in 2010, jumping to $1.52 billion, with the enterprise WLAN segment growing 43.4 percent to almost $725 million in that interval.

That’s great news and highlights that while focus has shifted to wireless wide-area networks, wireless LAN infrastructure is still very much alive in the mobile enterprise. Coupled with the growth that’s expected to continue with smartphones and tablets in the wireless ecosystem, WLAN vendors seem prime for good revenue.


Ok, by now we’ve all seen the news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola, and by now there have probably been several write-ups, blurbs, and  so forth. The deal certainly made for an interesting Monday morning, but as others have pointed out, one of the more interesting aspects of the deal is the patents Google gains with the purchase. As Silicon Valley Mercury News reported,

The deal also gives Google access to more than 17,000 patents held by Motorola, a pioneering cellphone maker that became an early partner using Google’s Android mobile operating system in 2008. Analysts said those patents could help Google stave off a barrage of claims levied by rivals battling the company’s Android mobile operating system.

[Google CEO Larry Page] acknowledged this strategy, saying in a blog post: “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anticompetitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”


On the enterprise mobility front, Motorola Mobility’s sister, Motorola Solutions, will remain a separate company. It will be interesting to see what Google does with the Mobility side once the acquisition is complete and how/if it changes the competitive landscape of the ever-growing smartphone/tablet world.

iPhone vs that old thing?

A humorous and short post today. I’m sure that many of us remember the days before iPhones, Androids, BlackBerry, etc. and Gizmodo has a pretty great contest between “John’s old phone” and an iPhone 4. Who do you think wins?

Have a great close to the week!

Zebra Barcodes – Literally?

A short post today, but nonetheless interesting. I stumbled upon an article that blends nature and the AIDC industry perfectly into one another…I hope the folks at Zebra are on this!

New Wavelink.com

Good afternoon! I just wanted to take a quick moment and mention that we’ve launched a new and improved Wavelink.com. I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, but I wanted to take a quick moment and highlight the new Find a Wavelink Partner feature.

The feature allows customers to find Partners based on specific criteria and/or location. We’re already seeing a lot of interest in “how can I add our company?” to the search results, so I wanted to take a quick moment and offer some brief instructions. Getting started is quick and easy. Simply log-in to the Partner Portal, and on the left you’ll see a Edit Your Partner Profile logo. Fill out your specific specialties, upload your logo, provide a sales contact  and you’re ready to go!

There’s going to be several more informative email announcements to our Partner community over the coming weeks and months on how to maximize this feature. While you’re uploading your Partner Profile, you can also make sure you are signed up for these email announcements by subscribing to the Wavelink Partner Connection. The registration button is just below the Partner Profile logo, on the left hand side of the page.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Hand-helds to Improve College Courses?

Today’s entry comes courtesy of one of our Sales Rep’s, and it definitely classifies itself in the “Oh, how the times have changed” bin. The article covers how universities are now leveraging the power and flexibility of wireless hand-held devices to improve collegiate courses. The idea is that by utilizing these wireless devices, a new door is opened for classroom interaction, participation and attendance:

“Though the technology is relatively new, preliminary studies at Harvard and Ohio State, among other institutions, suggest that engaging students in class through a device as familiar to them as a cellphone — there are even applications that convert iPads and BlackBerrys into class-ready clickers — increases their understanding of material that may otherwise be conveyed in traditional lectures.”

It really is an innovative way to use some of the benefits of wireless devices. Remembering back to your college days, would you have ever pictured such a thing? I certainly didn’t!

Web Based Remote Control for Cars and Road Show Update

Greetings! A couple of items for today’s post. The first is an article that I came across at the end of last week which caught my attention. We’re big on the benefits of remotely diagnosing and remedying problems, hence our remote control product. So naturally, when I saw that Chevrolet will soon allow owners/drivers to remotely set/check on current settings and statuses of their Chevy Volt automobiles, I was intrigued. Give it a read and tell us what else is on the horizon for remote control type applications, and where you’d like to see them evolve?

Also, hopefully you’ve visited us at either the Chicago or this week’s Ft. Lauderdale Motorola Road Show! As you know, we have some secret giveaways for anyone who stops by and mentions any of our Social Media outlets. If you’re in Ft. Lauderdale, drop by today and say hi to Don Osburn and Jay Cichosz (seen in pictures below)!


Prizes at Motorola Road Shows – Come Visit Us

We’ve got another secret giveaway for anyone attending the Motorola Roadshows in Chicago (10/13 – 14) and/or the Ft. Lauderdale show (10/18 – 19)! The prizes are limited to the first 7 attendees who stop by and mention that they heard about the giveaway from either the Wavelink Blog, Twitter, or Facebook pages. Stop by and say hello, we always like to chat with our Partners and end-users… and now you even get a prize for doing so!

Also, last week we were in beautiful Key West, FL to host our global sales conference, which preceded our 2010 Customer Summit. Below are some pictures of the group and the local scenery. A special thank you to all the end-users and presenters who were able to attend the event. We hope you had a great time and came away with some valuable information.

See you in Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale!

New Avalanche Video & Announcing Remote Control 4.0

Good afternoon! As you may have seen, today we announced the release of Remote Control 4.0. Remote Control 4.0 for Avalanche features a new web-based interface with the ability to remotely connect to any device over the WLAN or WWAN from any standard web browser. This allows administrators to troubleshoot and remedy device and application problems and provide end-user support and training remotely. You can read more about the release here.

We’ve also released our newest Avalanche product video. The video covers the various benefits of Avalanche and has some great footage. I hope you take a few minutes and check it out and leave a comment! The video is available on our YouTube page, located here.

Wavelink on the Road!

We’re on the road this week at the ScanSource Partner Conference, which wraps up today in Savannah, Georgia. Below is a photo of our booth and Joe Wilson, our Director of Sales – East. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and if you have any pictures from the event, send them along and we’d be happy to post them!