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August 02, 2010

Buoyant Market Predicted for Wi-Fi Enabled Devices: Report

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

In-Stat’s market intelligence, which combines technical, market and end-user research and database models to analyze the Mobile Internet and Digital Entertainment ecosystems, has indicated that the desire to remain connected at all times will be the key driver that drives the Wi-Fi market.

The next five years are predicted to see an increase in the number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, giving a boost to the consumer Eeectronics market. Wi-Fi devices are slated to increase from over 500 million in 2009 to almost 2 billion in 2014.

The devices that are projected to lead the pace of adoption include Blu-ray players/recorders, e-readers and digital televisions. The buoyancy of the Wi-Fi market is being attributed to the fact that many of the technical issues that constrained Wi-Fi adoption in video-centric CE devices in the past have now been remedied.

This, Frank Dickson, VP of Research said, would accelerate the adoption of Wi-Fi in the living room. Hence, the availability of 802.11n-enabled devices is now more of a reality than before.

Across all ‘digital living room’ consumer electronics, which includes set top boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players, digital picture frames, among other devices, Wi-Fi-enabled devices are expected to exceed 200 million units by 2014. 

According to In-stat research, mobile devices with Wi-Fi will still dominate shipments, and by 2013, shipments of mobile phones with embedded Wi-Fi are projected to exceed three-fourths of a billion units. Even e-readers, and Wi-Fi attach rates will increase from 3percent in 2009 to 88 percent by 2014. 

Twenty-night million digital picture frames will be shipped in 2014; 53 percent will be Wi-Fi enabled. Recent In-Stat (News - Alert) research, Wireless LAN Market Estimates and Forecast by Device provides global shipment numbers for all CE devices with the penetration of Wi-Fi into these devices. 

In addition, it contains a five-year forecast for Wi-Fi CE devices, and CE device shipments and Wi-Fi attach rates for various devices ranging from gaming consoles, DTVs, STBs to portable CE devices, cellular handsets, Routers, Residential Gateways, and Standalone Access Points

In-Stat’s insights are derived from a deep understanding of technology impacts, nearly 30 years of history in research and consulting, and direct relationships with leading players in each of its core markets.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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