AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wi-Fi Alliance, the global collaboration forum for Wi-Fi®, has opened branch offices in both Beijing and Taipei. Wi-Fi Alliance staff based in the 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.
"We are pleased to establish bureaus in China and Taiwan, and to expand support to our members and stakeholders throughout Asia," said 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."
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 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.
Program development and certification activity in Wi-Fi Alliance is at an all-time high in 2013. 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.
About Wi-Fi Alliance®
Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to seamless connectivity. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program was launched in March 2000. It provides a widely-recognized designation of interoperability and quality and it helps to ensure that Wi-Fi-enabled products deliver the best user experience. Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 15,000 product certifications, encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services in new and established markets. Wi-Fi®, Wi-Fi Alliance®, WMM®, Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA), the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, the Wi-Fi logo, the Wi-Fi ZONE logo and the Wi-Fi Protected Setup logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, Wi-Fi Multimedia™, WPA2™, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™, Passpoint™, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™, Miracast™, Wi-Fi ZONE™ and the Wi-Fi Alliance logo are trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance.
SOURCE Wi-Fi Alliance