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Friday, December 12, 2008

WLAN Market Share Data Reveals Upside

Despite back-to-school and early holiday promotions, quarterly sales in the SOHO/consumer Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) market dipped slightly in 3Q 2008.

With the unpredictable economy and rising costs, people appear to be carefully scrutinizing their purchases of consumer electronics for the home and personal use.

Although quarterly sales dipped, annual sales rose by almost 15 percent.

According to In-Stat's quarterly tracking service, worldwide revenue for the WLAN market increased by 15 percent Year-over-Year (YoY). The revenue increase was up from $1.17 billion in 3Q07 to $1.24 billion in 3Q08.

Despite the down quarter, shipments of draft 11n products grew by over 18 percent. The 802.11n technology promises both faster speeds and further range, which is critical for advanced applications that require more bandwidth, particularly those that transmit multiple audio and video streams.

In a bid for an early advantage, many vendors have moved ahead with the draft technology. In June of 2008, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced that it has certified 325 products based on the "draft n" standard.

According to the IEEE, 802.11n is expected to be finalized in late 2009 with publication in early 2010.

In-Stat's quarterly WLAN tracking service provides market share data for enterprise and SOHO/consumer vendors, based on unit shipments and manufacturer's revenue.

The data is segmented by air standard and equipment form factor. Regional shipment data is also provided.