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WiFi Phones up 60%, Wireless LAN Equipment up 20% in 2007

Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:57am
Worldwide sales of wireless LAN equipment, including independent and dependent access points and WLAN switches and controllers, hit $1.9 billion in 2007, up 20% from 2006, driven by the increased rollout of enterprise wireless LANs and accelerating upgrading to 802.11n, according to Infonetics Research's latest Wireless LAN Equipment and Phones quarterly report.

Sales of enterprise single mode WiFi phones also jumped, up 61% in 2007, as adoption of wireless VoIP continued to penetrate the enterprise market, the report shows.

"Wireless LAN is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous technology and is commonly embedded into laptops, PDAs, phones, game consoles, and media adapters. Its widespread availability, affordability, flexibility and usage will make it an important technology even as other high speed wireless technologies like 3.5G and mobile WiMAX come to the fore. Additionally, WiFi-enabled smartphones like the iPhone and RIM's WiFi Blackberry will significantly increase WiFi hotspot traffic. In January 2008, AT&T, which offers the iPhone in the US, took over Starbucks' hotspots from T-Mobile, giving this segment an injection of fresh stimulus," said Richard Webb, directing analyst for wireless and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report: •For the quarter, worldwide wireless LAN equipment revenue is down 1% in 4Q07, following an all-time high in 3Q07. •Worldwide WLAN revenue is forecast to hit $3.4B in 2011. •WLAN switch and controller revenue is up 15% in 4Q07, driving dependent access point shipments.

The speed benefits of 802.11n products are undeniable, but adoption will be gradual, as enterprises want to see a return on their 802.11g investments before upgrading.

www.infonetics.com 408-583-3353

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