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18.03.2004 – 12:00

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Wi-Fi Alliance Launches Wi-Fi Zone Finder(TM) Portal Program
Free Program for Qualifying Web Sites Leverages Value of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) Products

Mountain View, CA (ots)

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today that
it is launching a new Web portal program on March 29th to promote
public awareness and use of Wi-Fi ZONE[TM] hot spots around the
globe. Partners that join this free program will be able to offer
online visitors access to the official Wi-Fi ZONE Finder directory of
public hotspot locations that use Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment. This
program's goals are to improve the user experience and provide
program partners with an easy way to offer Wi-Fi ZONE location
information to their sites' visitors. The Wi-Fi ZONE program is a
rapidly-growing program with over 9,000 Wi-Fi ZONE locations in more
than 66 countries.
The ZONE Finder Web portal will allow visitors on participating
Web sites to search for Wi-Fi ZONE public access locations. The
popularity of Wi-Fi(R) can help the participating Web sites generate
additional Internet traffic and revenue. A wide range of
organizations are expected to benefit from participating in the
portal program including companies in the travel, hospitality and
restaurant industries, as well as online magazines, to name a few.
All locations in this search engine are based on Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
equipment to help customers identify locations committed to a quality
connectivity experience. For more information regarding the Wi-Fi
ZONE portal partner program or to sign up, visit
www.wi-fizone.org/ZONE_partners.
"Interoperability between different vendors' Wi-Fi products is
particularly important in the public access environment where users
do not know which vendors' wireless LAN products are being used,"
said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik. "The Wi-Fi ZONE
Finder portal program helps customers easily find locations that are
using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment. This improves the connectivity
experience by assuring that the wireless connection will work. This
is an exciting opportunity for program participants to benefit from
an official affiliation with the Wi-Fi Alliance, capitalize on
Wi-Fi's popularity and show support for a quality connectivity
experience," Hanzlik added.
See Wi-Fi at CeBIT
Wi-Fi-based wireless LANs will be on display at CeBIT (Hall 13,
Wireless Area Network Exchange Pavilion, Stand #D37, Booth #C5),
March 18-24, 2004, at the Hannover Fairgrounds in Hannover, Germany.
About the Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA) is the global Wi-Fi
organization that created the Wi-Fi brand. A nonprofit organization,
the Alliance was formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE
802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN
standard across all market segments.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has instituted a test suite that defines how
member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable
with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. These tests are conducted at an
independent laboratory.
Membership in the Wi-Fi Alliance is open to all companies that
support the IEEE 802.11 family of standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance now
comprises over 200 members from the world's leading companies. These
companies offer over 1,000 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. For more
information, please visit www.wi-fi.org, and for information on Wi-Fi
ZONE public access locations go to www.wi-fizone.org.
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Press and analyst contact:
C. Brian Grimm
Wave Communications
for Wi-Fi Alliance
910.686.0870
briang@wavecoms.com

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