Wlan market surges

The global wireless Lan hardware market soared by 56% in 2003.

The global wireless Lan hardware market soared by 56% in 2003.

The growth was measured by market analyst Infonetics Research, which measured the demand for wireless access points, switches, aggregation devices, security gateways, and network interface cards.

Infonetics predicts “steady” growth over the next 12 months, and estimates the total market will be worth around £2bn by 2007.

This relatively modest growth over the next few years is a result of increased competition in the market, and many products becoming “commoditised” as more wireless Lans find there way into enterprises, said Infonetics.

Infonetics analyst Richard Webb said, “Wireless Lan switch vendors are marketing their products aggressively, and enterprises are becoming aware of these products.

“Vendors will soon begin reducing per-port prices, as this will become a highly competitive market segment.”

Switching solutions see firms carefully share out the wireless bandwidth that is available, instead of just providing a free-for-all for bandwidth to anyone with a wireless card connecting to the access point.

Infonetics said Linksys has the biggest share of total revenue, with 19%. Netgear follows on 16%, and D-Link is third on 15%.  

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia   

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