Wi-Fi Alliance opens offices in China and Taiwan

New bureaus to support Wi-Fi implementers throughout Asia.

The Wi-Fi Alliance reports that it has opened branch offices in both Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan. Wi-Fi Alliance staff based in the new branch offices will provide market and technical support to Wi-Fi Alliance member companies and engage with industry stakeholders throughout Asia. Companies considering membership in Wi-Fi Alliance can also interface with the branch office staff to learn more about the organization and its activities.

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According to an official statement, the office openings come in response to continued growth in the number of Wi-Fi Alliance members and the number of Wi-Fi users in Asia. Together, China and Taiwan companies reportedly comprise nearly twenty percent of the Wi-Fi Alliance overall membership today. Nearly half of all Wi-Fi Alliance member companies are headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, and they account for about two-thirds of Wi-Fi Alliance product certification volume. Wi-Fi Alliance also has a total of seven Authorized Test Laboratories in Asia: four in China, three in Taiwan.

“We are pleased to establish bureaus in China and Taiwan, and to expand support to our members and stakeholders throughout Asia,” comments Wi-Fi Alliance president and CEO Edgar Figueroa. “Our member companies in Asia deliver innovative Wi-Fi solutions and participate in Wi-Fi Alliance activities, and China and Taiwan both represent important consumer and enterprise markets for Wi-Fi.”

Program development and certification activity in Wi-Fi Alliance is at an all-time high in 2013, reports the association. More than 15 distinct initiatives are underway in the organization, addressing a broad range of applications including data offload for service providers, home monitoring and smart energy, and consumer electronics. ABI Research forecasts that Wi-Fi sales will grow at an average rate of 16 percent each year until 2017.

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