Mobile device proliferation to fuel 15% annual growth rate for outdoor Wi-Fi gear market

Increasing use of smartphones and tablets is fueling growth of global outdoor Wi-Fi gear market, which TechNavio estimates will increase at a 15 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018.

Many carriers are increasing their deployment of Wi-Fi infrastructure to handle the data traffic generated by smartphones and tablets.

Surprisingly, the Asia-Pacific area has a lead on the Americas region in terms of Wi-Fi equipment revenue. APAC had 38 percent of the Wi-Fi equipment market last year, compared with 37 percent for the Americas and 22 percent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In enterprise, users bringing their own smartphones and tablets to work, known as BYOD, are spurring growth demand for corporate Wi-Fi infrastructure. IDC estimates that BYOD demand fueled 12.8 percent growth in the enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN)--or Wi-Fi--market in the third quarter of 2013.

"Across all verticals and geographies, the explosion of mobility with bring your own device (BYOD) continues to drive new investments in WLAN infrastructure," says Rohit Mehra, vice president of network infrastructure at IDC.

"While growth has slowed from previous quarters, especially in North America, the growing mobility needs of education, retail and healthcare, among other verticals, along with the expected rise in 802.11ac uptake will lead to continued growth in the enterprise WLAN market," Mehra adds.

For more:
- check out TechNavio's release
- see the IDC release

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