The wireless LAN (WLAN) industry is experiencing tremendous growth aided by lower pricing points and standardization of the technology. Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) believes that this growth will continue to accelerate, as multi-billion dollar technology and telecommunications companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Dell, AT&T and IBM, to name a few, enter the WLAN industry. These corporations bring their deep financial pockets and millions of potential customers to the WLAN industry.

"The WLAN industry will continue to experience stellar growth as deployments in several key markets take place," predicts analyst John W. Chang, senior analyst and author of the report. "These key markets include residential homes, small-medium offices, enterprises, academic campuses, transportation facilities, health care sites, industrial centers and at the local neighborhood eatery. Additionally, 802.11a, 802.11g and dual-band protocols are some of the key catalysts that will accelerate the market adoption of WLAN with its higher speeds of up to 54 Mbps."

ABI's research also indicates:

  • The WLAN industry will generate $1.67 B in total revenue through the end of 2003
  • Dual-band equipment will comprise 53 percent of the total WLAN equipment revenue by 2005
  • Total WLAN nodes shipped will grow from 23.38 million in 2003 to 63.97 million in 2008, as these tech companies continue to spur the adoption of WLAN

The ABI report, "WiFi Networking Equipment: Worldwide Deployments, Drivers, Players and Forecasts for 802.11x," examines the deployments of WLAN equipment worldwide and provides a realistic outlook on where the industry is headed. This report also covers protocol and standards development, the opportunities and challenges for equipment vendors, and the challenges in deploying biometrics worldwide. Critical analyses of the key equipment vendors worldwide are covered. Market forecasts are segmented by standards .11b, .11a, .11g and dual-band. Worldwide WLAN equipment and revenue forecasts, and end user analysis are included in this report. Detailed examination of technology shifts, market leaders and revenue by world regions through 2008 are also included.

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