Huge growth in demand for Wi-Fi devices

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

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.

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