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Symbol teams up with D-Link

Symbol Technologies is teaming up with Taiwanese company D-Link Corporation, to co-develop and sell wireless local area network (WLAN) solutions.

Symbol Technologies is linking up with Taiwanese company D-Link Corporation, to co-develop and sell wireless local area network (WLAN) solutions.

The alliance will allow D-Link, a manufacturer and distributor of networking equipment, to purchase and sell Symbol’s WLAN PC card and related software, as well as co-manufacture the Symbol latest IEEE802.11b Wireless Networker CompactFlash cards.

“This partnership is good news for Middle East organisations that wish to implement wireless networks. Symbol’s mobile and wireless technology, combined with D-Link’s efficient management and distribution systems, means that the cost of wireless technology is falling rapidly. Wireless networking is becoming affordable even to smaller organisations, often the ones that can most benefit from the flexibility that it allows,” said Sunil Chadha, regional director, Symbol Technologies Middle East. “The comprehensive partnership with D-Link complements Symbol’s strengths and opens the door to promising opportunities in the enterprise and home market segments in the Middle East.”

“Symbol and D-Link are strong leaders in the respective market segments they serve. I think this a very competitive move for both companies”, said Jason Smolek, senior research analyst, IDC.

“The alliance will help both companies take better advantage of growth opportunities around the world. The Asia Pacific market alone will grow from $45 million in 2000, to roughly $350 million in 2005, or 10.9% of the $3.2 billion global WLAN market,” added Smolek

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