Wireless LAN market forecast to expand 49% in 5 years

Important trends expected to drive growth include Service Provider WiFi, 802.11ac and cloud-managed WLANs.

A new market report by networking and telecommunications industries analyst firm Dell’Oro Group reveals that overall wireless LAN market revenues are forecast to exceed $11 billion by 2017 -- nearly 50 percent greater than 2012 revenues.

Emerging trends expected to drive this remarkable growth include deployment of Service Provider WiFi (SP WiFi), the 802.11ac upgrade cycle, cloud-managed WLAN, consumer video over WiFi, and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. In addition, there has been a shift in enterprise application development towards mobile devices, finds the study.

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“Today’s enterprise applications are now built for mobile devices, enabling workers to be nomadic," points out Chris DePuy, vice president at Dell’Oro Group. "The emphasis on mobile devices places new demands on the corporate wireless infrastructure. It also forces companies to maintain connections to employees while they traverse to cellular networks, and drives the need to apply consistent access rules for both Ethernet and wireless access systems. We see continued innovation at the edge of enterprise networks that will drive continued investment in both wireless equipment as well as access management infrastructure.”

Dell’Oro Group's Five-Year Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the wireless LAN industry, covering the outdoor mesh nodes, enterprise, and SOHO product segments and the Service Provider WiFi market. Tables contain manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and unit shipments by the following wireless standards: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac.

The report also details why the enterprise segment will grow faster than SOHO -- and exceed it -- during the forecast period. Also included in the report are estimates on total SP WiFi units and revenue forecasts, and an analysis and current breakdown of the cloud-managed addressable market by vertical industry. To learn more, contact Julie Learmond-Criqui by calling +1.650.622.9400 x244 or email Julie@DellOro.com.

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