London: 8 November 2004 Madge, one of the leading networking brands has today announced its strategy to meet the growing demand for secure wireless networks. Madge will build on its strong position and experience in the mature Token Ring market to strengthen its presence in the fast growing wireless local area market through the development of innovative enterprise wireless LAN products. Madge is in a unique position to maximize on this market as it is an established LAN Brand with worldwide distribution, has a reputation for quality products plus an existing customer base as well as excellent leverage with IBM and major PC OEMs.
Madge will concentrate on wireless LAN security and manageability using a combination of OEM, intellectual property acquisition and development. Product development will be focused in three areas:
• Next Generation Enterprise Access Points and Intrusion detection devices
• Security, intrusion detection and management software
• Multifunction Hardware appliances
Madge is the market leader in Token Ring networking solutions supplying major enterprises such as Bank of America, Lufthansa, Swiss Railways and several governments. Madge already markets a range of wireless LAN infrastructure, adapters and intrusion detection systems. The next generation products will build on the existing product range. Additional functionality and new products will start to become available later this year.
The Worldwide enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) switch/controller market grew 105% in Q2 2004. Enterprise WLAN equipment sales (47% of market) were up 14 percent (Synergy Research Group 2004).
The wireless LAN market in Europe is set to grow by 74% in 2004, and at a rate of 47% through to 2008 (Dell’Oro Group 2004).
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