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Proxim has come out with the largest share of the wireless LAN market, according to an IDC report into the wireless network market which predicts massive growth in this sector over the next five years. The California-based LAN manufacturer leads the competition with 30 per cent of wireless LAN network interface cards (NIC) shipments, IDC said. The IDC study, Wireless LANs: Worldwide Market Review and Forecast, 1997-2003, went on to say market growth is expected to exceed 30 per cent each year, with wireless LAN shipments reaching more than four million by 2003. IDC also said that Proxim came out top in the world-wide wireless LAN frequency hopping market, with 47 per cent market share. Frequency hopping is employed in retail, warehousing and manufacturing, taking up 65 per cent of wireless LAN NIC shipments by transmission technology. ®

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