ABI estimates worldwide Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) market is expected to grow 11% in 2014. ABI says total shipments of Wi-Fi access points, routers, and residential gateways are set to surpass 176 million units by the end of 2014. “Growth is expected in all regions, driven by increased broadband penetration and more connected devices in homes,” commented Jake Saunders, VP and practice director.
There is increased shipment of 802.11ac standard supporting Wi-Fi products. In the consumer Wi-Fi equipment market, D-Link and NETGEAR lead 802.11ac access point shipments, shipment from both these companies constitute more than 20% of worldwide 802.11ac shipments in 1Q 2014. ABI Research expects that nearly 32 million 802.11ac access points will be shipped in 2014, says Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.
The old standard 802.11a/b/g shipments have fallen and they were replaced by 802.11n products. ABI Research expects that accelerating 802.11ac deployments will cause a downward trend in older 802.11n standard devices starting from the end of 2014.
In the growing enterprise Wi-Fi market Cisco and Aruba Networks are leading by selling 0.1 million 802.11ac access points in the enterprise Wi-Fi market. The enterprise class Wi-Fi equipment market is expected to grow to generate revenues of $US8.1 billion by the end of 2019, according to ABI.