Wireless boom

While the Middle East does not figure highly in the Ipsos-Insight report, the burgeoning support for increasingly mobile working practices suggests that GCC countries will soon boast some of the largest wireless-enabled populations.

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By  Andy Tillett Published  May 5, 2005

Wireless data access experienced a 29% growth in internet users in 2004, according to Ipsos-Insight, which also reports that 44% of internet users in measured markets have accessed the internet wirelessly. Growth was most significant in the US and Japan, where the fifteen million and 11.6 million new wireless internet users, respectively, accounted for a combined 69% user increase. 54% of the general adult population in Japan has wireless access, far ahead of runners-up South Korea (28%), and the US (20%). While countries in the Middle Eastern region do not figure highly in the Ipsos-Insight report, the burgeoning support for increasingly mobile working practices and the abundance of wireless networks springing up across the region suggests that GCC countries will soon boast some of the largest wireless-enabled populations. From 2004 to 2008 the market for wireless networking chipsets is expected to show an average annual growth rate of 23% in US dollars and 35% in unit shipments, according to a study by IC Insights. Furthermore, Forrester Research forecasts that 51% of all medium businesses will add wireless networking capabilities this year. Customer feedback gathered by both Cisco and IBM indicates that medium businesses want help in the design and implementation of a secure wireless.

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