According to a new study by the market research firm, Infonetics Research, the percent of North American small, medium and large organizations deploying wireless LANs (WLANs) is about to reach nearly 100 percent.

The study entitled, “User Plans for Wireless LANs and Mobility: North America 2006,” predicts WLANs will jump from 56 percent in 2005 to 85 percent in 2010.

Richard Webb, lead author of the report, said “Organizations are looking toward a next generation enterprise network in which wired and wireless, voice and data, and indoor and outdoor network uses are converged.” 

“Mobility is becoming an increasingly significant part of overall corporate strategy,” Webb said.

According to the study, employee demand tops the list of wireless LAN drivers. Laptops are by far the most popular device for accessing the WLAN. Many companies are also beginning to uses their wireless systems to support more complex applications beyond basic e-mail and Web browsing, such as supply chain management and voice/video over IP.   EC