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