Study: 802.11b Leads Wireless Net Boom

By allNetDevices Staff

June 05, 2001

Wireless networking started to boom in 2000, buoyed by the rapidly growing popularity of 802.11b wireless technology, according to a new study released Monday by Cahners In-Stat Group.

Wireless networking started to boom in 2000, buoyed by the rapidly growing popularity of 802.11b wireless technology, according to a new study released Monday by Cahners In-Stat Group.

The report said that more than 7.8 million wireless LAN chipsets were produced in 2000, with a similar number expected to be produced this year. Sales amounted to almost $400 million in 2000, but that will increase to $1.2 billion by 2005, the study says.

Much of the wireless LAN sales in 2000 were of systems based on 802.11b wireless networking technology, which is popular both in the enterprise and in the home, the study said. However, the residential market is the fastest growing segment of the wireless LAN business and will account for nearly half of all sales by 2005, the study said.

However, products based on the emerging 802.11a and HomeRF2 standards will be hitting the shelves and the 802.11g standard is expected to be ratified by standards bodies later this year, the study notes. According to the study, there is danger that the variety of wireless LAN standards will confuse customers.

The findings are part of the report: "The Wireless LAN Reality Show -- Who Will Be the WLAN Survivor?"



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