More than 14 million enterprise Wi-Fi access points will be shipped in 2013, predicts ABI

ZTE leads the enterprise Wi-Fi access point shipment segment, followed by Cisco

Around 14.1 million enterprise Wi-Fi access points will be shipped in 2013, according to a forecast by ABI Research.

ABI predicts that 180,000 of those Wi-Fi access points will be based on the latest 802.11 ac standard, ABI analyst Khin Sandi Lynn told FierceMobileIT.

This compares with an ABI forecast of 1 million consumer 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points being shipped in 2013, Lynn noted.

In the first quarter of 2013, vendors shipped 43.3 million consumer Wi-Fi customer premise equipment units, a 16.8 percent increase from the previous quarter. Around 200,000 consumer 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points were shipped in the first quarter of 2013.

"802.11n device shipments still dominate the market, accounting for more than two thirds of total device shipments; however, 802.11ac access point adoption is starting to gain traction," said Jake Saunders, practice director of forecasting at ABI.

TP-LINK maintains its dominant position in the small office/home office and consumer Wi-Fi gear market with a 15 percent market share, followed by NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) and D-Link with a 12 percent and 11 percent market share, respectively.

In terms of enterprise Wi-Fi access point shipments, ZTE has the largest market share, accounting for 39 percent of total shipments in the first quarter of 2013. Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) holds second place with a 26 percent market share, while HP (NYSE: HPQ) ranks third, overtaking Aruba Networks for the third spot in late 2012, according to ABI stats.

In terms of enterprise Wi-Fi gear revenues, Cisco leads the way with Aruba Networks in second place, according to recent stats from both IDC and Infonetics Research.

A new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ad, which uses 60GHz band and delivers speeds up to 7 Gbps, was approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in early 2013. ABI expects the first 802.11ad products to enter the market around the end of the year.

For more:
- check out ABI's release
- check out IDC's stats
- see Infonetics' figures

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