As all the vendors vie for position in the anticpated roll-out of wireless in enterprises, you can't trust everything you hear.
Two and a half years ago, Meru Networks won the world's largest converged voice deal, to supply up to 10,000 staff at Osaka Gas in Japan, with dual-mode handsets.
In the last year or so, people at a couple of rival companies have told me that apparently the roll-out isn't going as well as Osaka Gas hoped. Meru uses an ionnovative single-channel wireless system, and I've been told Osaka is having trouble with that.
I've never been shown any evidence, and no one has claimed to have taken Meru's place at Osaka, but I decided to check it out when Meru's vice president of marketing, Rachna Ahlawat, passed through London. "The system has been operational for two years," she assured me, and is currently serving 6000 VoIP handsets, and 800 laptop users. Rumours of its failure apparently stemmed from a mistranslation of a Japanese document. the English version came out saying the exact opposite of the Japanese version, she told me.
She also denied other Meru rumours: I've been told that not all Meru access points can support the company's single-channel architecture, and Ahlawat denies that too. We're expecting some Meru kit to test at some stage, so we'll let you check it out.
It's interesting, though, why these claims and counter claims are accelerating. Everyone scents a big expansion in enterprise Wi-Fi, and they're all rallying their troops accordingly.. and Europe looks like being a key front. Ahlawat was on her way back from a sales conference in Sweden, and Aruba has just had a partner conference in Amsterdam.
Expect more on all this....
Rachna Ahlawat's name is nothing to do with spiders, by the way. It's Indian, not from the Greek "arachnid". You probably weren't wondering about that, but it's the kind of dumb thing I think of.