The market for WLAN equipment is growing in both the consumer and enterprise worlds. For both of these categories, analyst firm, IDC, reports that there was a 6.7 percent increase in revenue year over year in the second quarter of 2016. Enterprise growth has been stronger than consumer growth, with the IDC reporting 9.4 percent revenue growth with its strongest gain in two years. Since 2015, the consumer WLAN equipment market has had its best quarter, growing 3.1 percent over the second quarter of 2015.
This growth in the WLAN equipment market can be contributed to a continued adoption of the high speed 802.11ac wireless standard. For enterprise deployments, 802.11ac in the second quarter of the 2016 account for 77.4 percent of access point revenues and 59.9 percent of shipments. In the consumer market, 802.11ac based wireless access points accounted for 51.3 percent of revenue and 22.6 percent of shipments. According to IDC, the adoption of the 802.11ac standard is much faster than it was for the previous wireless standards.
“Recognizing the critical role that WLAN plays in IT’s mobility and digital initiatives, enterprises are committing to WLAN upgrades and refreshes,” Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC, said in a statement. “Even as global economic indicators are mixed, IDC believes that enterprises will continue to invest in robust WLAN infrastructure in order to compete effectively in the digital economy.”
Technavio has forecasted that the global WLAN market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.16 percent until 2020. “The emergence of next-generation connected devices, along with the rise in the use of cloud services, will accelerate the deployment of WLAN devices,” Navin Rajendra, lead analyst at Technavio for research on computing devices, said in a statement.
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