Wireless Network Market Trends - Part 1

We recently saw some information on the wireless networks market provided by Infonetics Research

The information was very interesting. After seeing the statistics, it seemed like sharing an overview of wireless market trends could be helpful to some people. While they provided a ton of information, we wanted to look at a particular set of numbers and see what that means.

Understanding a particular market accomplishes some things:

  • Gain a better understanding of the state of the market
  • Get a sense of where your organization is in relation to the market
  • Allows you to better see how manufacturers and companies in that market are approaching products, services, and strategies
  • Get a better idea how fast the market is evolving
  • Understand how to plan for trends, changes, and growth in the market

A Look at Current and Future Wireless Network Market Trends

Let’s take a look at a couple of interesting facts dealing with the wireless market derived from the market survey research mentioned above.

Let's take a look at what technology is being used in current wireless networks.

Current Wieless Network Trends

While we’re seeing good numbers of sales of wireless AC, those sales are a small percentage relative to the market on the whole. 78% of the market is still using A/B/G. That's a big number. It's good to see these numbers to gain perspective when thinking about current wireless networks and looking at projected trends. What does this mean as we look toward the future? What are people looking to do with wireless in the near term? How long will it take for wireless AC to take off?


Now let's look at estimates for wireless network numbers for 2015.

Projected 2015 Wireless Network Trends

When you take a look at the projected 2015 wireless trends, you can see a big jump in wireless N, up to 46% from 20%. In addition, wireless AC is poised to be used 3 times as much in 2015, with a jump from 2% to 6%. While this isn't a monumental jump it shows that the demand will continue to grow at increasing rates. However, when you step back and take a higher-level look, it means 94% of the market will still be using either wireless A/B/G or wireless N as of the year 2015.

While wireless AC is something that has exciting possibilities, it's important to keep the market numbers in perspective. Wireless AC is poised to grow in the future. However, it looks like projections show it may be at least a few years before it becomes widely used. So, what does that mean for you?


In Part 2 of our look at wireless network trends we will take a deeper look into what these wireless trend numbers mean to IT departments and organizations.

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