Cellular Network Jam Spurs Rising Use of MIMO Wi-Fi Technology in Smartphones

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El Segundo, Calif. (June 4, 2014)—With their cellular networks strained to the breaking point by the deluge of data traffic generated by smartphones, wireless operators are striving to offload traffic to Wi-Fi networks by using next-generation 802.11 2x2 Multiple-In Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).

MIMO technology employs multiple antennae at both the transmitter and receiver ends in order to improve communication range and performance between devices. Smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are gravitating to 2x2 MIMO technology, which employs two transmitter antennae and two receiver antennae.  The improved capabilities of 2x2 MIMO make Wi-Fi a suitable alternative to 3G and 4G wireless networks.

Smartphone sensation

The MIMO opportunity is monumental even for smartphones alone, given worldwide unit shipments of smartphones surpassing1 billion units in 2013. This figure will almost double to 1.9 billion in 2018, and a total of 96 percent of all mobile handsets in 2018 will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

"With shipments of its Galaxy S5 starting last month, Samsung became the first company to offer a smartphone that supports 802.11 2x2 MIMO," said Stephanie Gibbons, senior connectivity analyst for IHS. "Other handset OEMs are expected to follow Samsung's lead, due to a growing need for better-performing Wi-Fi in smartphones, in order to supplement cellular networks."

Increasing Wi-Fi adoption

While MIMO technology is just getting off the ground in smartphones, the prospects for increasing Wi-Fi adoption overall is massive. Global shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled devices into the consumer and enterprise markets are set to rise to 3.5 billion units in 2018, up from 2.2 billion in 2013, as presented in the attached figure. Products included in this forecast include cellphones, tablets, desktop PCs, mobile PCs, home consumer electronic devices, portable consumer electronic devices, and automotive infotainment systems.

The information in this release can be found in the "Connectivity in Consumer, Mobile & IT Market Tracker," derived from the Connectivity & IoT research area of the IHS Information Technology service.

This product, formerly known as the Connected Devices Database, provides current and forecast attach rates that are updated quarterly for a variety of connectivity technologies, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, in 30 market applications. Other connectivity technologies included in the database are near field communication (NFC) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for select markets.

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About IHS (www.ihs.com)

IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2014 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

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El Segundo, Calif. (June 4, 2014)—With their cellular networks strained to the breaking point by the deluge of data traffic generated by smartphones, wireless operators are striving to offload traffic to Wi-Fi networks by using next-generation 802.11 2x2 Multiple-In Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).

MIMO technology employs multiple antennae at both the transmitter and receiver ends in order to improve communication range and performance between devices. Smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are gravitating to 2x2 MIMO technology, which employs two transmitter antennae and two receiver antennae.  The improved capabilities of 2x2 MIMO make Wi-Fi a suitable alternative to 3G and 4G wireless networks.

Smartphone sensation

The MIMO opportunity is monumental even for smartphones alone, given worldwide unit shipments of smartphones surpassing1 billion units in 2013. This figure will almost double to 1.9 billion in 2018, and a total of 96 percent of all mobile handsets in 2018 will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

"With shipments of its Galaxy S5 starting last month, Samsung became the first company to offer a smartphone that supports 802.11 2x2 MIMO," said Stephanie Gibbons, senior connectivity analyst for IHS. "Other handset OEMs are expected to follow Samsung's lead, due to a growing need for better-performing Wi-Fi in smartphones, in order to supplement cellular networks."

Increasing Wi-Fi adoption

While MIMO technology is just getting off the ground in smartphones, the prospects for increasing Wi-Fi adoption overall is massive. Global shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled devices into the consumer and enterprise markets are set to rise to 3.5 billion units in 2018, up from 2.2 billion in 2013, as presented in the attached figure. Products included in this forecast include cellphones, tablets, desktop PCs, mobile PCs, home consumer electronic devices, portable consumer electronic devices, and automotive infotainment systems.

The information in this release can be found in the "Connectivity in Consumer, Mobile & IT Market Tracker," derived from the Connectivity & IoT research area of the IHS Information Technology service.

This product, formerly known as the Connected Devices Database, provides current and forecast attach rates that are updated quarterly for a variety of connectivity technologies, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, in 30 market applications. Other connectivity technologies included in the database are near field communication (NFC) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for select markets.

_________________________________________________________________________________

About IHS (www.ihs.com)

IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2014 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact:

Defense, Risk & Security; Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals; Economics; Country & Industry Forecasting; Design & Supply Chain
IHS Media Relations, +1 303 305 8021
press@ihs.com
or

Design & Supply Chain
Jonathan Cassell, +1 408 654 1714
jonathan.cassell@ihs.com