HP puts wireless computing at the heart of Gitex Saudi appearance

HP is putting wireless solutions at the core of its display at Gitex Saudi Arabia.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  April 3, 2003

HP is putting wireless solutions at the core of its display at Gitex Saudi Arabia. The computing giant will showcase a range of mobile devices, including PDAs, notebooks and new form-factor Tablet PCs.
“We’re going to have a wide range of products on the stand, but the core of the show will be wireless,” comments Christoph Schell, general manager, personnel systems group (PSG), HP Middle East.

“The Middle East is still behind in its deployment of wireless technologies, but there are signs that the local market is being to use this technology. The UAE is leading in its use of wireless, but we are seeing this start in Saudi Arabia,” he adds.

According to Schell, businesses lead the adoption of wireless technologies in the region. But it won’t be until the fourth quarter that wireless starts to penetrate the consumer segment. “More businesses are seeing the advantage of using this technology, but before consumers start widely embracing this technology there needs to be a greater availability of products, infrastructure and awareness,” he adds.

HP will be demonstrating a number of wireless solutions on its stand over the five day show. Products on display include a range of notebooks based on Intel’s Centrino technology and the iPAQ 5400 PDA, which boasts built-in wireless local area network (WLAN) capability, Bluetooth support and biometric fingerprint security features.

“We’ll showcase notebooks based on Intel’s Centrino platform,” says Schell.

The vendor will also be running an 802.11g protocol-based WLAN on its stand. The yet to be certified network protocol offers users much greater bandwidth than the current 802.11b standard, providing users with a ‘richer’ experience, says Schell.

However, to accelerate the adoption of wireless networks, the region needs to witness widespread adoption of wireless infrastructure. “We’re missing the infrastructure… when that is in place you will see widespread deployment of WLANs and the region embrace mobile computing,” Schell adds.

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