The emergence of next generation Wi-Fi will push global wireless network sales to over $5 billion in 2014, according to Canalys.
As businesses have sought to handle multiple devices and a greater consumption of bandwidth in recent years, expenditure on new wireless networks has grown rapidly. Although the increase in spending has slowed in 2013 growth still remains strong – above 16% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2013. Canalys claims there also remains clear demand for network improvements from several verticals, which include education, healthcare, retail and manufacturing.
A new fifth generation of Wi-Fi (11ac) has now been developed which will allow wireless access points to deliver faster experiences to more devices.
Matthew Ball, principal analyst at Canalys, said: “11ac notebooks have been on the market for more than a year, but it is the arrival of 11ac smart phones, including the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy 4S, and upcoming tablets that are piquing interest, especially in the education sector. These devices will increasingly proliferate in workplaces and public areas, with more people wanting to use more bandwidth-hungry applications.”
He added: “11ac will be deployed in high device density environments, such as campuses, stadiums, airports and retail centres, and also be used for new purposes, such as mobile backhaul traffic, wireless displays and large-scale machine-to-machine processes.”