Issue #2003 - 06
INFRASTRUCTURE, PRODUCTS & SERVICES
WiFi News This Week
Falling Prices Spur Wi-Fi Shipments in 2002
The year 2002 proved to be a stellar year for Wireless LAN volume growth, driven by the increasingly cheap and reliable 802.11b technology, according to In-Stat/MDR. The high-tech market research firm reports that when final figures are available, business Wi-Fi hardware shipments are expected to rise 65 percent annually in 2002, to 11.6 million units and home shipments are expected to increase by a very healthy 160 percent, to 6.8 million units. However, fast and furiously falling prices for 802.11b equipment are expected to cause total market revenues to grow by only 23 percent, from 1.8 billion in 2001 to $2.2 billion in 2002. "In 2002, security continued to be the most talked about issue on the business side, while the Achilles heel of the home market remained multimedia support," says Gemma Paulo, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "In the year ahead, the continued growth and evolution of dual-mode 2.4/5GHz capable equipment, Intel's ability to push outs its Centrino mobile technology, the shift toward 802.11g as the preferred 2.4 GHz WLAN technology, and the advent of new enterprise infrastructure technology, will all shape the development of this market." (Source: CNET News.com) - more info
Source - Several, including in-Stat/MDR, 802.11 portal and Fierce 80211
MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: 802.11
standard has done its job - reduced prices and introduced
interoperability. The trend will continue. Enterprise versions of
WiFi will give vendors slightly better margins.
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