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Wi-Fi mesh networking faces slowing growth

The Wi-Fi mesh networking equipment market had over 100% shipment growth in 2006 and will have


August 28, 2007  


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The Wi-Fi mesh networking equipment market had over 100% shipment growth in 2006 and will have
over 90% growth in 2007, reports In-Stat.

Strong growth will continue for Wi-Fi mesh access points (APs) for the next several years, as shipments grow more than three-fold between 2006 and 2011, the high-tech market research firm says.

Most of that growth, however, will come between 2006 and 2008, with growth rates rapidly declining starting in 2009.

“Cities will continue to deploy municipal mesh networks, but the rate of new deployments after 2008 will slow, due to concerns over the business model,” says Daryl Schoolar, In-Stat analyst.

“Growth in the enterprise (large business) market, plus the need to replace previously deployed nodes, will help offset the slowdown in shipments to new municipal networks.”

Recent research by In-Stat found that manufacturer revenues will grow through 2011, but not as fast as shipments due to expected cost-per-node declines.