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2 February 2007


SOHO WLAN market to double by 2011, says Dell’Oro

The small office, home office (SOHO) wireless LAN market is forecasted to double its 2006 levels to $3.9bn by 2011, driven by increased shipments of higher-priced 802.11n products, according to a 5-Year Forecast Report by Dell’Oro Group.

“With the entrance of 802.11n in the SOHO market, revenue growth will remain robust as wireless LAN penetration into the broadband subscriber base rises to 75% in the next five years,” says Elmer Choy, analyst of Wireless LAN research. “Broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) with integrated wireless LAN will contribute most to this penetration, with almost 60% of the unit shipments in 2011,” adds Choy.

Also, the market for wireless mesh nodes, which enable development of municipal Wi-Fi networks, will be the fastest-growing wireless LAN segment over the next five years, according to the report.