According to a newly released report by Dell’Oro Group, a market analyst for the telecommunications, networks and data center IT industries, access points with NBASE-T and 802.11ax technology are set to accelerate wireless LAN market sales in 2018. Dell'Oro says the market is poised for revenue growth to outpace unit growth this year, as higher-priced technologies comprise a larger portion of the volume.
“Advances in WiFi technology have contributed to rising average prices per access point in the past,” notes Trent Dell’Oro, business analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “This occurred between 2008 and 2010 – and again in 2013 – during the onset of the 802.11n and 802.11ac transition periods. Similarly, we expect to see upward pressure on revenue when 802.11ax ships in 2018."
Dell'Oro adds, "If history is an indicator of the price users are willing to pay for the increase in performance, we predict that 802.11ax will see volume in the market if priced within 50 percent of 802.11ac technology."
The Dell’Oro Group's Wireless LAN 5-Year Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the industry, covering enterprise outdoor and indoor markets, SOHO markets with tables containing manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and unit shipments by the following wireless standards: 802.11ax, 802.11ac Wave 1 vs. Wave 2, 802.11n, and historic IEEE 802.11 standards.
The report highlights other key market trends, including: a discussion on the role 5G may play in enterprise campus networking; an analysis of Ethernet switch sales lost to wireless LAN as enterprise users demand mobility; cloud-managed Wireless LAN forecast by access points versus subscription licenses; an in-depth analysis on the adoption of 802.11ax at different price thresholds.
To purchase the report, contact Matt Dear, call +1.650.622.9400 x233 or email Matt@DellOro.com.