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Dell'Oro Digs Into High-Performing Wi-Fi


August 11, 2017

All things start with the network, in business anyway. The uptick in video applications and our SaaSy reality is ballooning bandwidth needs, driving network modernization – i.e. the industry’s migration to multi-gigabit Ethernet. It’s not just wired connections receiving attention, as wireless access points play a vital role in delivering high-speed Ethernet.


A recent report from the Dell’Oro Group explored how the migration toward more cloud-managed products will strengthen the Wireless LAN market in the coming years, with the expectation that through 2021 average prices will rise with user adoption of cloud subscription licenses and new technologies.

“The trend is clear—users are willing to pay a premium for higher-performance Wi-Fi experience,” said Trent Dell’Oro, Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “Over the past several quarters average prices have been rising on like-for-like class of products. For example, upgrades to 802.11ac Wave 2, and NBASE-T have been contributing to rising average prices. We predict the trend will continue in 2018 and beyond as 802.11ax products become widely available. What we found most interesting is the impact Cloud-managed subscription license will have on average prices over the long run. By the fourth year of the forecast, the compounded income from licenses will be a significant contribution,” added Dell’Oro. 

The report also delves into the matter of 5G and the role it will play in the future of Enterprise Campus networking; thorough insight and analysis of wired Ethernet and Wireless LAN Enterprise Campus networking trends; 802.11ax adoption and different pricing parameters; and a complete forecast of cloud-managed wireless LAN by access points versus subscription licenses.

The Wireless LAN 5-Year Forecast Report is well worth the read. Network modernization is a priority today, and if it’s not a focal point for your firm it should be. The need for speed is real, and high-performing Wi-Fi is a necessity in the contemporary business world.

Welcome to the world of Multi-gigabit Ethernet! 




Edited by Alicia Young

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