The global equipment market Wifi consumption increased 5 percent in 2014, surpassing 166 million units sold. “Sales of devices that support the standard 802.11ac grew significantly in 2014, taking over 11 percent of the market for access points“says Jake Saunders, vice president and studio director at ABI Research.
Since device sales 802.11ac began to accelerate, the market share of the devices Wifi by old standards it has started to decline. “In 2014, the total sales of consumer WiFi devices with the standard 802.11n decreased by 3 percent. The new generation of 802.11ac products is expected to gain market share in the coming years. ABI Research expects about 71 million 802.11ac access points they will be coming in 2015, “adds Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.
The next standard Wifi to enter the market will be 802.11ad, which can provide up to 7 Gbps of speed. Qualcomm has recently introduced new WiFi solutions that support tri-band, 802.11ad (at 60 GHz) and 802.11ac (at 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz). According to Qualcomm, the tri-band access point is likely to be launched in the second half of 2015.
At business WiFi marketIn 2014, 10.5 million access points were sold, 11 percent more than the previous year. The business-class WiFi access point market is expected to exceed 19.4 million units sold in 2020. As for consumer WiFi devices, they are expected to reach 219 million units shipped in 2020, with faster growth in sales of residential gateways compared to WiFi routers and access points. Consumer WiFi equipment is expected to generate $ 13.5 billion in 2020.