Huge growth in demand for Wi-Fi devices


Huge growth in demand for Wi-Fi devices

Antony Savvas

Sales of Wi-Fi-enabled devices have increased 64% this year and will exceed 120m units before the year is out.

A study by analyst In-Stat, on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance industry group, confirms the current rapid growth of Wi-Fi connectivity since the technology first appeared five years ago.

In-Stat analyst Gemma Tedesco said, “This is a significant milestone for such a young technology.”

The Wi-Fi Alliance said around 2,200 products have been given Wi-Fi accreditation since 2000.

With demand for laptops equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity growing fast, it is expected that almost all mobile PCs will be bundled with the technology in around a year.

Wi-Fi is the trade name given to products that comply with the various 802.11 wireless Lan standards. The latest ratified standard is 802.11g, which supports connectivity speeds of up to around 55mbps.

A faster standard, 802.11n, is currently in preparation.

The Canary Wharf area of London’s Docklands announced itself as Europe’s biggest Wi-Fi-enabled area this week.

Employees and visitors to the area now have access to a public Wi-Fi network from parks, shops, restaurants and other areas.

Email Alerts

Register now to receive IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting your personal information, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant products and special offers from TechTarget and its partners. You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy.

COMMENTS powered by Disqus  //  Commenting policy