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Wi-Fi Market Goes Flat

Data show worldwide market for Wi-Fi equipment has no growth in Q2, but 802.11n shipments rise 17%. Netgear gains marketshare.


Jason Knott · September 29, 2011

In Q2’11, worldwide revenue for the Wi-Fi network equipment market remained relatively flat compared to Q1’11, staying at $1.6 billion, says new In-Stat research. Continuing a trend, 802.11n remains the fastest growing Wi-Fi technology with shipments rising 17 percent from the previous quarter, while revenues grew nearly 7 percent.

“In terms of total unit shipments, TP-LINK is number one, leading the way with a 26 percent market share,” says Brad Shaffer, analyst.” Netgear has overtaken D-Link for the number two spot with nearly a 19 percent market share while D-Link holds a little over a 17 percent share, placing them close behind in the number three slot. Linksys and Pace round out the top five, holding market shares of 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.”

Additional data includes:

  • Shipments of wireless network adapters were up from the previous quarter, rising 7.4 percent overall to 5.27 million.
  • North America gained regional market share, rising to 33 percent in the current quarter.
  • 802.11n-enabled networking equipment now accounts for 68 percent of all Wi-Fi networking equipment unit shipments.
  • The USB form factor experienced an increase of 8.6 percent.

The In-Stat report is entitled “Q2’11 Wi-Fi Network Equipment Database: By Region, Form Factor, Technology, and Vendor (#IN1105013WL).”



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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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