Market-research firm Dell'Oro Group recently released a report in which it projects the enterprise wireless LAN market segment will nearly double in size between 2011 and 2016. The total enterprise WLAN market will approach $5 billion in revenues in 2016, Dell'Oro says.
The enterprise market will represent just about half the overall WLAN market in 2016, the researcher says. The nearly-$10-billion total market size in 2016 will be 54 percent greater than its 2011 level. "Some emerging trends expected to drive this growth include deployment of service provider WiFi, the 802.11ac upgrade cycle, consumer video over WiFi, as well as a continuation of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend," Dell'Oro said.
Wireless LAN research analyst Chris DePuy said, "With the 802.11ac upgrade cycle now underway, we are more confident in our projections. In addition, we are raising our forecast for service provider use of WiFi based on very strong growth trends now underway. We expect that by early next year, the availability of 5-GHz radio smartphones will stimulate a new phase in demand for both 802.11ac and service provider WiFi."