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802.11n-enabled CE device shipments to reach 300M by 2015

Posted: 28 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiFi? 802.11n? consumer electronics?

According to market analyst firm In-Stat, the year 2010 continued a shift toward consumer electronics (CE) devices with networking capabilities. This allowed more devices to directly connect to the Internet or to a home network. In-Stat believes that the trend will continue this year and forecasts growth in CE 802.11n-enabled devices. In its latest research titled "WiFi in Consumer Electronics: WiFi Continues Its Push into the Digital Home," the firm sees annual unit shipments increasing from 53 million in 2010 to almost 300 million in 2015. This is an average CAGR of 41 percent.

Portable CE devices such as digital still cameras, e-readers and handheld games are not the only CE devices benefiting from WiFi.�Stationary devices such as digital photo frames, digital televisions and gaming consoles are also seeing increasing WiFi attach rates as consumers see the benefits of having Internet connectivity to stationary CE devices without the need for new wires.

"The migration to 802.11n is an impressive but interim step in the evolution of Wi-Fi. Users will see significantly greater speed and range than 802.11.b/g," said Frank Dickson, VP of mobile Internet at In-Stat. "However, looming on the horizon is 802.11ac with speeds of around 1Gbit/s as the WiFi ecosystem looks to address the movement of video in a serious way. The first shipments won't hit the market until 2013 and its real impact will not be felt until 2015 and beyond," Dickson said.

According to the study, over 82 million 802.11n-enabled tablets will ship in 2012. E-readers, on the other hand, will reach a WiFi attach rate of 85 percent by 2013.

Mobile phones will still have the biggest shipments. By 2013, shipments of mobile phones with embedded WiFi are projected to exceed three-quarter of a billion units.

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