Consulting company Frost & Sullivan has downgraded its previous short-term forecasts for Bluetooth technology, blaming technical- and market-related issues for slow progress. The market analysts cite a range of issues, including device interoperability, interference from other radio technologies and fears over security as causing launch delays. Bluetooth is a short-range radio technology that allows device within 30 feet of one another to communicate sans wires.
"Bluetooth is also expected to suffer to some degree from market confusion because there are such a wide range of applications. The economic slowdown has also played its part in our downgraded forecasts," a Frost & Sullivan report said. The report forecasts that 4.2 million Bluetooth-enabled devices will ship this year. Frost & Sullivan expects this to increase to an estimated 1.01 billion Bluetooth-enabled devices shipped annually by 2006.
Staff writer Adrian Kerr reported from Australia.