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* Revenue and hotspots to grow from USD33.4 million and 4,800 in 2002 to
USD5.5 billion and 57,000 in 2007 - though growth slower than anticipated

* Business models are still evolving

* Incumbent operators (mobile and fixed) to dominate in Europe with
prospects for wholesale providers good in the USA



CAMBRIDGE, UK, March 10, 2003 - Growth of the public wireless local area
networking (P-WLAN) market is set to continue in both the USA and Western
Europe, according to a new report published this week by Analysys, the
global advisers on telecommunications, IT and media ( http://www.analysys.com ). This
growth is being driven by business travellers' appetite for cheap and fast
remote access to the Internet.


The report, Public WLAN Access in Western Europe and the USA: market
analysis and forecasts, anticipates that revenue will grow from USD33.4
million in 2002 (USD10.9 million in Western Europe and USD22.5 million in
the USA) to USD5.5 billion by 2007 (USD2.64 billion in Western Europe and
just under USD2.8 billion in the USA).


Hotspots, which are currently being installed in airports, hotels,
conference facilities, cafés, restaurants and rail stations, are estimated
to grow from 4800 in 2002 (1400 in Western Europe and 3400 in the USA) to
57,000 by 2007 (30,000 in Western Europe and 27,000 in the USA) (Charts are
available to journalists on request).


"Whilst take-up of public WLAN services has been slower than we anticipated,
it still represents a significant opportunity for operators and other
service providers," said Maja Kecman, main author of the report. "In both
Europe and the USA, telecoms operators have shown interest in the WLAN
market as a complement to their existing networks, but have been cautious
about investing in an uncertain market where there are still technological
and regulatory issues to be resolved."


Market uncertainty is compounded by the fact that no single business model
has yet emerged, say the authors. The report outlines five main business
models, the most common of which involves the hotspot site owner and
operator (or wireless Internet service provider (WISP)) acting as the main
players in the P-WLAN value chain.


"We expect the dominant business models to evolve significantly in the next
three or four years," said San Francisco-based report co-author, Monica
Paolini. "By 2007, the US market will be characterised by a non-integrated
value chain, with retail service providers not having exclusive control of
the network infrastructure. In Europe, we expect fixed and mobile operators
to prevail as they are able to leverage their existing customer base and
backhaul agreements more effectively."


Written by Maja Kecman with Monica Paolini and Ross Pow, Public WLAN Access
in Western Europe and the USA: market analysis and forecasts evaluates the
state of the P-WLAN markets in Western Europe and the USA, according to
progress in the areas of network coverage and roaming, technology standards,
regulation, pricing and service offerings, and business models. The report
also includes forecasts of the size and value of the market across Western
Europe (specifically France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK) and in the USA.


The report is available to purchase online at
http://research.analysys.com/store Prices start from EUR1445. For more
information, telephone Analysys on +44 (0)1223 460600 or email
research@analysys.com.


About Analysys ( http://www.analysys.com )


Analysys, the global advisers on telecommunications, IT and media, works at
the forefront of the communications revolution, delivering advice and
insight to established and new entrant players. From offices in Cambridge,
London, Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Paris, San Francisco and Washington DC,
Analysys staff provide strategy and systems consultancy, information
services and start-up support to the companies that are creating the
networked economy. Analysys Research reports and market intelligence
services provide authoritative coverage of this convergent industry, based
on an unrivalled ability to fuse real-world experience, rigorous research
and forward-looking analysis.

Recent reports include:

* Regulating the Telecoms Market: competition and innovation in the
broadband economy (February 2003)

* Fixed Network Operators in Western Europe: is there an underlying growth
market? (February 2003)

* Business Data Services: growth opportunities and forecasts 2002-2007
(February 2003)

* Competition in Corporate Networking: the challenge from systems
integrators and strategies for operators (January 2003)

* The Future for Fixed-Mobile Substitution: options for fixed and mobile
operators (December 2002)

* Competing in the European Directory Services Market: opportunities in a
liberalising market (December 2002)

* Mobile Content and Entertainment: forecasting the market for games and
other wireless content (November 2002)

* Strategies for Mobile Device Evolution: meeting and creating market demand
(October 2002)

* Western European Mobile Forecasts and Analysis 2002-2007 (September 2002)

* Cable TV Market Scenarios to 2007: prospects for cable TV operators in
Germany, the Netherlands and the UK (September 2002)

* IP Voice Services: the return on investment for European service providers
(September 2002)

* The Future for Telecoms Incumbents: the impact of competition, regulation
and customer demand (July 2002)

* Charging and Revenue Sharing for Mobile Content and Entertainment (July 2002)

* Enabling Prepaid Mobile Content and Data Services: strategies for
operators and vendors (June 2002)

* IP Voice Services: European corporate market forecasts 2002-2007 (May 2002)

* Scenarios for the European Telecoms Market 2002-2007: forecasts and
analysis (May 2002)

* Benchmarks and Key Performance Indicators: lessons from the European
telecoms market (April 2002)

* The Reality of GPRS in Europe: subscribers and revenue (April 2002)

* Session Initiation Protocol: SIP-related European revenue forecasts
2002-2007 (February 2002)

* Public Wireless LAN Access: US Market Forecasts 2002-2007 (January 2002)


Media contacts (for author photography, executive summaries and interviews)

Louise Nunn

Analysys

Tel: +44 (0)1223 460600

Email: louise.nunn@analysys.com

Martin Brooke

Martin Brooke Associates

Tel: +44 (0)1223 264050

Email: martin.brooke@dial.pipex.com


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