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January 18, 2010

Advanced IP Carrier Report: Consumer 802.11n WiFi Access Point Shipments Rising by the Millions

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

For telecommunications companies investing in the WiFi (News - Alert) technology, the latest 802.11n standard is definitely the most popular yet.
In a new report, ABI Research reveals that in 2009, 802.11n WLAN access point shipments increased by nearly 44 percent over the previous year.
In particular, there was strong demand for enterprise WLAN 802.11n-based access points. According to ABI Research’s (News - Alert) market data, more than 400,000 enterprise access points were shipped in the first three quarters of 2009. The firm also estimates that enterprise 802.11n access point shipments reached half a million by the end of last year.
In the SOHO and consumer market, a total of 7.7 million 802.11n WiFi access points were shipped in the first three quarters of 2009, representing a large increase, as shipments during all of 2008 totaled “just 7.8 million.” In those first three quarters, 802.11n represented more than 19 percent of all WLAN access point shipments.
“802.11n WLAN access point shipments into SOHO and consumer markets are expected to reach 32.2 million in 2010,” ABI Research industry analyst Serene (News - Alert) Fong said.
Cisco is the leading vendor in 802.11n enterprise access points with a market share of 63 percent; Aruba owns the second-largest share with 25 percent. Enterprise 802.11n access point shipments are expected to total 6.3 million in 2012.
ABI Research expects enterprise controller shipments to reach 140,000 in 2010.
“Vendors are trying to gain market share by providing products which offer more reliable coverage and consistent performance as well as lower prices,” said ABI’s research associate Khin Sandi Lynn. “For example, Aruba has launched an 802.11n access point priced the same as their 802.11g model. Price competition will attract more organizations that have not yet moved to 802.11n.”
ABI Research’s new “WiFi Equipment Market Data” product, which is updated quarterly, profiles shipments and revenue trends categorized by form factor, protocol, region and vertical end-use market. Both enterprise and SOHO/consumer vendor shipments are analyzed where data is available.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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