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802.11n Wi-Fi Market to Reach $1 Billion

In a newly released report, Dell'Oro Group forecasts that sales of 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment will exceed $1 billion in 2007, only the second year of shipments for this new technology.

"The IEEE's recent approval of a draft 802.11n standard was sorely needed," said Greg Collins, Senior Director of wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. "In recent quarters the consumer market for WLAN equipment has stagnated, especially from a revenue perspective, because 802.11g-based products have been in the market for three years, and consumers have not seen a cost-benefit to upgrading to 802.11a.

Due to its better coverage and higher data rates, 802.11n will likely become a key enabling technology for distributing video to multiple devices in the home. We expect 802.11n will comprise 90 percent of the consumer WLAN shipments in 2009. We also expect enterprises to begin widely adopting 802.11n in 2009, once this new technology has become established in notebook computers," added Collins.

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