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Wi-Fi Alliance® opens bureaus in Beijing and Taipei

New offices to support Wi-Fi® implementers throughout Asia

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.

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"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®

www.wi-fi.org

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.

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