Global Wireless LAN (WLAN) market revenues will exceed $7 billion by 2014, according to a recent report by market analysis firm the DellOro Group. Most of this growth will come from the small and home office markets, as well as the enterprise, which will account for the lions share of sales; the report predicts enterprise revenues will leapfrog last years figures by 100 percent. Service providers will also play a key part in driving market growth, as orders for mesh nodes are set to hit record levels in both revenue and unit shipments this year.
The other key driver is the increasing willingness of IT departments to allow and enable their mobile employees to access the company network using their own wireless devices as well as those owned or approved by their employer.
The proliferation of Wi-Fi enabled devices and users desire for constant access are fundamentally changing how network administrators accommodate the devices,” said Loren Shalinsky, senior analyst of Wireless LAN research at DellOro Group. The increase in the number of Wi-Fi enabled devices will contribute to growth in all three WLAN market segments, as mobile users want access to the same information, regardless of where they are located. U.S. Government spending, through programs like the Smart Grid Investment grants, the Broadband Investment Program, and the E-rate program also will contribute to WLAN growth.”
The reports findings are in line with the groups previous conclusions, having recorded record growth in Q1 2010, again driven by the enterprise market. The previous quarter, Q4 2009, also boasted record growth at the time, with 18 million WLAN units sold, though this time the SOHO market and key verticals like education, retail and hospitality made up the bulk of sales. In fact, by DellOros count, global WLAN market revenues have grown for five consecutive quarters (up to Q1 2010).