Enterprises rev up Wi-Fi gear speeds

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Enterprises are increasingly deploying faster 802.11ac-based Wi-Fi equipment, according to the latest stats from Dell'Oro.

"802.11ac unit shipments approached 10 percent of total enterprise-class access points in the fourth quarter, which is in-line with the previous upgrade cycle towards 802.11n," says Chris DePuy, vice president of Wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. 

As reported by FierceMobileIT in a feature article, 802.11ac-based Wi-Fi gear offers three to five times more throughput out of access points compared to 802.11n-based Wi-Fi gear and can reach gigabit data speeds. The new standard also improves network robustness, reliability and RF bandwidth utilization efficiency.

Overall, the wireless local area network (WLAN) market increased 9 percent year-over-year in the 2013 fourth quarter and totaled $8.5 billion in revenues for all of 2013, according to Dell'Oro stats.

Juniper Networks, Meru Networks, Motorola Solutions and Ruckus Wireless gained the most revenue share in the enterprise-class WLAN segment in the fourth quarter compared with the previous quarter.

In the 2013 fourth quarter, the top three vendors in the combined enterprise-class and outdoor mesh nodes category were Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless.

"We expect that by the end of 2014, all major vendors will be shipping 802.11ac based access points, driving further growth. We expect there will be significant growth in the number of 802.11ac based devices such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks, which will reinforce the need to upgrade wireless infrastructure," DePuy concludes.

For more:
- check out the Dell'Oro release

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