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Symbol and D-LINK form strategic alliance

Symbol Technologies has entered into an alliance with D-Link Corporation of Taiwan. The companies will jointly co-develop and sell wireless local area network solutions worldwide.

Symbol Technologies, a leading mobile data transactions systems company, announced that it had entered into an alliance with D-Link Corporation of Taiwan, a leading manufacturer and distributor of networking equipment. The companies will jointly co-develop and sell wireless local area network solutions worldwide.

“This partnership is good news for Middle East organisations that wish to implement wireless networks,” said Sunil Chadha, Regional Director of Symbol Technologies Middle East. “Symbol’s award winning mobile and wireless technology, combined with D-Link’s highly efficient management and distribution systems, means that the cost of wireless technology is falling rapidly. Wireless networking is becoming affordable even to smaller organizations, often the ones that can most benefit from the flexibility that it allows.”

This alliance will help both companies take better advantage of growth opportunities around the world. According to Jason Smolek, senior research analyst, IDC: “The Asia Pacific market alone is likely grow from $45 million in 2000, to roughly $350 million in 2005, or 10.9% of the $3.2 billion global WLAN market.

D-Link will purchase and sell Symbol’s wireless local area network (WLAN) PC card and related software in a multi-million dollar deal. It will also co-manufacture the Symbol latest IEEE802.11b Wireless Networker CompactFlash cards and distribute them worldwide. The agreement calls for the exchange of the selected research and development finding between Symbol and D-Link. The alliance provides Symbol access to D-Link’s well-established sales channel for wireless solutions worldwide as well.

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