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November 3, 2010

Global Wi-Fi equipment shipments reach 18 million units in 2Q 2010: ABI Research

5.9 million of 802.11n devices shipped in 2Q

By CBR Staff Writer

Worldwide Wi-Fi access point shipments exceeded 18 million in the second quarter 2010, according to ABI Research market data.

These shipments include wireless routers, access points and gateways in both consumer and enterprise markets.

The market researcher said worldwide Wi-Fi access point shipments in the second quarter of 2010 grew 6% compared to the first quarter.

Total shipment volumes were strong in both enterprise and consumer market segments.

ABI Research research director Philip Solis said in both consumer and enterprise sectors demand for 802.11n product is growing rapidly.

"In the second quarter, 802.11n products were the key drivers of Wi-Fi equipment market growth," Solis said.

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According to the report, a total of 5.9 million of 802.11n devices were shipped in the second quarter, representing a 15% increase over the first quarter.

The research body expects the deployment of 802.11n products to accelerate even further in coming years, due to increased interest in upgrading from 802.11a/g to 802.11n technology.

The data shows D-Link leading in the consumer access point market with a 19% share.

After D-Link, Netgear and Linksys are positioned second and third for access points in SOHO/Consumer markets.

In the enterprise market segment, Cisco maintained the largest market share and Aruba networks is the second-largest player, with market shares of 54% and 13% respectively.

Revenue increased 5% in the second quarter, while the average selling prices of Wi-Fi access points dropped approximately 1%.

ABI Research research associate Khin Sandi Lynn said due to increasing competition between manufacturers aiming to provide better and more cost-effective solutions, the average selling price of these devices is expected to fall still further.

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