The number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices is set to skyrocket from more than 500 million last year to 1.9 billion by 2014, according to analyst firm In-Stat, as consumer demand for mobile access-enabled products like Blu-ray players/recorders, e-readers and digital televisions continues to rise.
The reality of 802.11n-enabled devices being available is that many of the technical issues that constrained Wi-Fi adoption in video-centric CE devices in the past have been remedied,” said Frank Dickson, vice president of In-Stat. ”As a result, we expect the adoption of Wi-Fi in the living room to accelerate. Across all ‘digital living room’ electronics, which includes set top boxes, game consoles, and other such devices, Wi-Fi-enabled devices will exceed 200 million units by 2014.”
In-Stats report, Wireless LAN Market Estimates and Forecast by Device,” tracked global shipment numbers for all consumer electronic devices that are Wi-Fi-enabled, and found that Wi-Fi will dominate the mobile device market. By 2013, Wi-Fi-enabled mobile phone shipments are expected to surpass 750,000 units. And as further examples of Wi-Fi user adoption, In-Stat also projects the number of e-readers to jump from 3 percent last year to 88 percent by 2014; and the digital picture frame market will take off, shipping 29 million units, 53 percent of them supporting Wi-Fi, over the same period.