According to In-Stat, the Wi-Fi mesh networking equipment shipment grew by over 100% in 2006 and will grow by over 90% in 2007. Strong growth will continue for Wi-Fi mesh access points (APs) for the next several years, as shipments grow more than three-fold between 2006 and 2011, the high-tech market research firm says. Most of that growth however will come between 2006 and 2008, with growth rates rapidly declining starting in 2009.
In-Stat found the following in their research:
- WiMAX and cellular will both negatively impact the market as these services go after the same nomadic users that public Wi-Fi networks target.
- Manufacturer revenues will grow through 2011, but not as fast as shipments due to expected cost-per-node declines.
- Supporting government applications are needed for a successful municipal network deployment, as consumer access in most cases is not enough to sustain the network by itself.
The research, “2007 Worldwide Wi-Fi Mesh Equipment Market” (#IN0703647WBB), covers the worldwide market for Wi-Fi mesh networking and equipment. The research includes five-year forecast for AP shipments and revenues and market share information for AP shipments and revenues. It also provides analysis of technology and market changes and profiles of major vendors. The price is $3,495 (US).
2007 Worldwide Wi-Fi Mesh Equipment Market