News Scan: Wireless LAN on the rise; Indian healthcare goes mobile; more

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>> Wireless LAN to grab greater share of enterprise networking value

Wireless local area networks (LAN) are forecast by Canalys to make up 18 percent of enterprise networking value by 2018. Wireless LANs will be the fastest growing segment, accounting for 18 percent of total end-user value of router, switch and wireless LAN shipments by 2018, up from 14 percent in 2013. The total enterprise networking market value is forecast to reach $33.7 billion in 2018, up from $29.9 billion in 2013. Read more

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>> Mobile adoption in Indian healthcare sector on the rise

Mobile adoption by the Indian healthcare sector is on the rise, driven by inventory management and remote care needs, according to IDC Health Insights. According to a recent survey of Indian healthcare providers, nearly 29 percent of the respondents said that they have some level of mobility in place, and another nearly 28 percent said they have plans to adopt mobile technologies in the next 18 months. Read more

[More on India: India invests in mobility | Cellular M2M connections to triple in Asia by 2017, predicts IHS]

>> Turkey's Garanti Bank tops Forrester ranking of mobile banking in Europe

Turkey's bank Garanti Bank was named by Forrester Research as the top bank in Europe when it comes to mobile banking. Garanti was closely followed by Spain's La Caixa and Poland's mBank. "Digital banking teams at European banks should … improve mobile self-service features, offer money management tools, cross-sell additional products and services through mobile devices, and use the context of each customer's situation to increase the relevance of information, offers, and alerts," says Benjamin Ensor, vice president and research director at Forrester. Read more

[More on mobile banking: Banks with many mobile apps should deploy banking app store, says Gartner | Europeans turn to tablets for mobile banking]

>> Wearable tech to generate $5.3B in revenue this year, says Visiongain

Wearable technology is poised for "significant growth" in the coming years, predicts Visiongain. In 2014, the wearable technology market is forecast by Visiongain to reach $5.3 billion. "The wearable technology market will grow explosively in the next five years, and there remain many untapped market niches that leading vendors are poised to exploit," the market research firm observes. Read more

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>> TechNavio: LBS search and advertising to increase at 43% CAGR

Fueled by the popularity of mobile devices, the location-based search and advertising market is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a 43 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. "The huge number of smartphones being used in the US acts as a catalyst for the incremental adoption of mobile LBS [location-based service] applications such as location discovering, friend finder and location-based advertising, shopping and networking ... location-based mobile advertising offers huge growth potential and is much more cost-effective than traditional print and even electronic media," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president at TechNavio. Read more

[More on LBS: Indoor location market to reach $4 billion in 2018, predicts ABI | U.S. Cellular will use Loopt for LBS]