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Worldwide Wi-Fi Network Equipment Market Demand

Wi-Fi connectivity has taken on new meaning within the connected home, as more IP-enabled consumer electronic devices reach the marketplace.

Meanwhile, broadband service providers and retailers are introducing Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities in all types of social venues and in-store surroundings. Expect to find Wi-Fi availability in more places, used in a variety of new applications, during 2012.

In the first quarter of 2011, worldwide revenue for the Wi-Fi network equipment market remained relatively flat compared to Q1’11 -- staying at $1.6 billion, according to the latest market study by In-Stat.

Continuing a trend, 802.11n remains the fastest growing Wi-Fi technology with shipments rising 17 percent from the previous quarter, while revenues grew nearly 7 percent.

“In terms of total unit shipments, TP-LINK is number one, leading the way with a 26 percent market share,” says Brad Shaffer, Analyst at In-Stat.

NETGEAR has overtaken D-Link for the number two spot with nearly a 19 percent market share while D-Link holds a little over a 17 percent share -- placing them close behind in the number three slot.

Cisco's Linksys and Pace round out the top five, holding market shares of 7 and 5 percent, respectively.

In-Stat's latest market study insights include:
  • Shipments of wireless network adapters were up from the previous quarter, rising 7.4 percent overall to 5.27 million.
  • North America gained regional market share, rising to 33 percent in the current quarter.
  • 802.11n-enabled networking equipment now accounts for 68 percent of all Wi-Fi networking equipment unit shipments.
  • The USB form factor experienced an increase of 8.6 percent.

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