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