Apple was one of five technology companies honored with the Outlook 4Mobility 2003 Innovation awards at the 13th annual Wireless Dinner last night at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Apple was rewarded for “showing the industry that Wi-Fi is cost-effective for mass adoption and for leading 802.11g implementation” in its AirPort Extreme products.
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AirPort Extreme at January’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The next generation of Wi-Fi wireless networking technology is based on the 802.11g standard. While first generation AirPort base stations operate at up to 11Mbps, AirPort Extreme operates at up to 54Mbps. However, it’s downwardly compatible with devices that use the slower standard.
In addition to Apple, the four other winners were: Digital Orchid (“for leading innovation with affinity group marketing”), Monet Mobile Networks (“for implementing the first commercial CDMA2000 1xEV-DO wireless network in the U.S.”), Nextel Communications (“for innovation in wide area voice push-to-talk services and its nationwide launch of Direct Connect”), and Research In Motion (“for the first complete wireless e-mail solution).
is an affiliation of companies founded by wireless and mobility guru Andrew Seybold. The Outlook 4Mobility CTIA Wireless Dinner is an invitation-only event. This year’s sponsors included the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, LightSurf Technologies, Microsoft, Motient Corp., Qualcomm, Inc., and Sprint PCS.