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Sep 13 2011   12:32PM GMT

Wi-Fi transition will accelerate into 2014 (research)



Posted by: Heather Clancy
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The crossover to more flexible Wi-Fi technologies will accelerate during the next three years, according to some new data out from ABI Research.

The firm reports that the 802.11ac format will emerge as the dominant protocol by 2014, with a sharp increase in shipments during the 2013 crossover year. The primary format within the platform will be chipsets that combine the 802.11n and 802.11ac formats, according to ABI Research.

Notes Philip Solis, the research director for mobile networks at the firm:

“With the exception of a small and dwindling number of 802.11g chipsets, everything has already shifted to 802.11, and it has happend faster than most people expected. This is a clear indication of what will happen with 802.11ac.”

The more flexible the chipset in terms of its ability to accommodate multiple bands, the more likely it is to be adopted.

The research dovetails with another report out this week from IDC that predicts that by 2015, more people will access the internet via mobile, wireless devices than via wireline connections. I just want to note that wired broadband connections sit behind the wireless access points that we use. So, technically speaking, the statement is true but there is a wire behind it all. Somewhere.

The IDC report, called the Worldwide New Media Market Model, predicts that the total number of internet users will grow to 2.7 billion in 2015 from 2 billion in 2015. The compound annual growth rate of mobile internet users will be approximately 16.6 percent during that time period.

If that doesn’t get IT solution providers thinking about the sorts of managed services they offer for their clients, nothing will. The fact is that the personal computer’s influence as the central point for access is continuing to decline, probably at a rate faster than most VARs or systems integrators have expected.

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