Commercial availability of wireless handsets that work with conventional cellular networks and 802.11 wireless local area networks (WLANs) will ultimately drive more organizations to migrate to voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) for all of their voice communications. It will, however, take more than two years to develop fully, states the latest report by Light Reading’s Enterprise VoIP Insider, a paid research subscription service at Light Reading Inc.

“The arrival of dual-mode handsets represents an important step in the evolution of enterprise fixed/mobile convergence, but handsets alone won’t drive deployment of enterprise VOWLAN,” said Christine Hartman, research analysts for Light Reading. “The effect of voice on WLAN infrastructure and the need for integration with other enterprise systems have become significant near-term impediments to enterprise fixed/mobile convergence.”

The report, “VoIP & WLANs: Enterprise Market Challenges,” also found that 802.11 standards covering VOWLAN are emerging, but selected standards key to voice quality and fast roaming will not be finalized until 2007.

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