The increased use of mobile devices in the work place has had companies scrambling to improve their wireless infrastructures, according to researchers.
Analyst firm Infonetics claims the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) market actually grew 20% in the last quarter of 2011 – a ninth consecutive quarter of double digit growth.
A separate study by the Dell’Oro Group also estimates the rise in demand for Wi-Fi access will see the market for WLAN equipment reach $7bn by 2014 – from $4.3bn in 2009.
Both firms attribute this rapid growth to the proliferation of mobile devices - including laptops, tablets and smartphones - wanting access to corporate networks. The smartphone and tablet market, which is already outselling the PC market by 44% according to Gartner, is also predicted to continue to grow further.
Combined with the developing Bring your own Device (BYOD) trend, which has seen companies allowing employees to use their own personal laptops, tablets and smartphones in the workplace, the strain on Wi-Fi capability has seen companies looking to update their infrastructures.
Matthais Machowinski, directing analyst at Infonetics Research, said: “The results are very clear: enterprises are racing to upgrade their infrastructure to support the wave of wireless devices hitting their networks.
“While the bulk of expenditures still goes towards wired ethernet switches, and will for some time to come, the growth is coming from wireless networking gear – up 24 per cent in 2011, compared with flat sales for ethernet switches.”
Release Date: 30/03/2012
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