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Forecast: Wi-Fi to close in on ubiquity

Sun, 08/08/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

By 2009, roughly 82 percent of home networks will run some form of Wi-Fi element, and 57 percent of those home networks will run wireless exclusively, forecasts IMS Research.

IMS contributes part of that coming growth on improved wireless security, including that found in 802.11i, which was approved recently by the IEEE.

"One element that has held back the adoption of wireless home networks has been the concern over security," says IMS Market Analyst Jack Mayo. He notes that 802.11i incorporates an Advanced Encryption Standard that could eliminate some customer fears and spur Wi-Fi growth.

Broken down by region, IMS believes the Americas will account for 41 percent of the worldwide wireless market, followed by the Asia Pacific (32 percent) and Europe/Middle East/Africa (27 percent).

ABI Research, meanwhile, named its top three Wi-Fi vendors in the commercial and consumer sectors. Linksys (part of Cisco Systems), D-Link and Netgear are leading the way at retail and small-office/home office segment, while Cisco, Symbol Technologies and Proxim are tops in the enterprise space.

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