The world is undergoing a mobility revolution. New devices, applications and approaches mean that expectations for mobility and devices have never been higher.

Businesses across the world are turning to unified communications systems in order to equip their employees with mobile tools that will allow them to work intelligently in distributed or challenging workplace environments. Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) and Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) are the leading handset and network choices for enterprise users requiring communications.

The BYOD movement has captured the attention of most organizations with the promise of deploying familiar consumer smartphones to achieve higher productivity and lower costs. But deploying the wrong device can have just the opposite effect – loss of productivity and higher costs. Are consumer grade smartphones the right choice for all employees? It’s a critical question that all organizations need to ask. This white paper will show that there are certain types of employees for whom consumer devices are not the right choice.

The focus of this white paper is to provide guidance on achieving PCI DSS compliance for wireless LANs (WLANs) using Spectralink® handsets to run VoWLAN. VoWLAN is defined as “...the use of a wireless broadband network for the purpose of vocal conversation, using Wi-Fi or the IEEE 802.11 standard network and wireless access points". Within the six main objectives and 12 requirements of PCI DSS, there are many technical implications for wireless LANs and many best practices that should be considered. 

Coverage, Capacity, Quality of Service, and Security Considerations for Delivering Excellent Voice Quality on Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks.

Voice over Wireless LAN (VoWLAN), also known as “Voice over Wi-Fi” (VoWiFi), delivers the capabilities and functionality of an enterprise telephone system in a Wi-Fi handset. The handset is a WLAN client device, sharing the same wireless network as laptops and other handheld devices. For enterprise use, the handset is functionally equivalent to a wired desk phone, giving end-users all the features they are used to having in a wired office telephone.

This document examines the business requirements for on-site mobile employees, and which wireless voice options are available to organisations who are using an Avaya or legacy Nortel infrastructure. It also describes the End of Sale status of many of their handsets, and how they can be replaced.

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