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Wireless Mesh Network Equipment Market

The Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) infrastructure equipment market has begun to accelerate, reports In-Stat. From 2004 through 2009, the market for access points is expected to grow from $33.5 million to $974.3 million. WMNs were developed as a quick way to set-up wireless networks during military operations. The technology makes all radios in a network capable of two-way communication with other radios in the network.

"Vendors are reporting a sharp increase in both inquiries and Requests For Proposals, enough to make them highly optimistic for the future of the market," says Norm Bogen, a Research Director with In-Stat. "They are finding interest from public safety and municipal governments, carriers such as Wireless ISPs, the security market, and for an expanding range of applications."

In-Stat's study found:

- Wi-Fi-based WMNs are being applied as Hot Zones, which cover a broad area, such as a downtown city district.
- Most WMN equipment vendors are located in North America, and most equipment sales are being completed in North America.
- WMN is a powerful and potentially disruptive technology. It is already being used to extend the range of Wi-Fi technology, and has the potential to expand and extend the reach of numerous wireless technologies from WiMAX to Ultra-Wideband.

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