Wired Ethernet increasingly idled by WLANs

Wireline Ethernet has long been the standard data connectivity technology of the corporate enterprise, but wireline Ethernet ports and cable are now increasingly being idled by wireless LANs, according to a story in Network World. Research firm Gartner suggests that 70 percent of all net new ports will be wireless by 2011, and enterprise Ethernet cord-cutting was predicted by the Burton Group back in 2007.

Will companies continue to support the installation and maintenance costs of wireline Ethernet as a back-up option as wireless takes over? Some dispute the necessity of having wireline at all, while others favor a converged, multi-platform environment.

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