Wi-Fi sales well ahead for third year in a row


Wi-Fi sales well ahead for third year in a row

Antony Savvas

Worldwide revenue for wireless Lan equipment dipped 5% in the fourth quarter of 2006 to $740.6m (£390m), but topped $2.8bn (£1.47bn) for the full year, said analyst Infonetics Research.

The wireless Lan switch segment was especially strong, said Infonetics, achieving 27% revenue growth in 2006, despite a slower fourth quarter.

"It was a strong year for wireless Lan equipment, posting double-digit annual growth for the third consecutive year," said Richard Webb, an analyst at Infonetics Research.

He said, "Organisations are learning to leverage high speed connectivity with mobility in the workplace, meaning wireless Lans continue to penetrate all sectors.

“Additionally, 802.11 solidified its position as the leading home networking technology, with sales of consumer products boosted by the launch of even faster pre-802.11n draft products in 2006," said Webb.

Infonetics predicts that worldwide WLAN equipment revenue will grow 51% to $4.3bn (£2.26bn) between 2006 and 2010.

Linksys is the leading provider of Wi-Fi kit in residential markets, followed by Netgear and D-Link, said Infonetics.

Cisco is the leader in the business market, followed by Aruba Networks and Motorola, which recently acquired Symbol Technologies.

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