2 November 2010


Demand for 802.11n spurs Wi-Fi equipment market to 18m units in Q2

In second-quarter 2010, worldwide Wi-Fi access point shipments grew 6% on Q1/2010 to more than 18 million as wireless network infrastructure adoption is increasing around the world, according to the quarterly report ‘Wi-Fi Equipment Market Data’ from ABI Research.

Total equipment shipment volumes (including wireless routers, access points and gateways) were strong in both the enterprise and consumer market segments.

Revenue increased 5% in Q2, while the average selling prices of Wi-Fi access points fell about 1%. “Due to increasing competition between manufacturers aiming to provide better and more cost-effective solutions, the average selling price of these devices is expected to fall still further,” notes research associate Khin Sandi Lynn.

“In both consumer and enterprise sectors, demand for 802.11n product is growing rapidly,” says research director Philip Solis. “In the second quarter, 802.11n products were the key drivers of Wi-Fi equipment market growth,” he adds. A total of 5.9 million 802.11n devices were shipped, up 15% on Q1. Due to increased interest in upgrading from 802.11a/g to 802.11n technology, the deployment of 802.11n products is expected to accelerate even further in the coming years.

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