IHS Technology said wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment sales totalled $1.2 billion (€1 billion) worldwide in the first quarter of 2016.
IDC said the combined consumer and enterprise worldwide WLAN market increased 1.4 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2015, although the market declined 0.3 per cent over the full year.
In the third quarter of 2015, the value of the combined consumer and enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew by 11.7 per cent compared to the second quarter.
The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 2.1 per cent year over year in the third quarter of 2015.
The enterprise and consumer WLAN market in EMEA grew in value by 2.9 per cent in Q1 compared to a year previously.
The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 7 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2014.
HP will acquire networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $3 billion, giving the manufacturer a strong boost in the enterprise WLAN market.
Google and Microsoft are keeping up the pressure as they lobby the FCC to include technical rules enabling the use of unlicensed devices in the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will be auctioned next year.
Though the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard was ratified at the end of 2013, most enterprises still rely upon good old 802.11n for their Wi-Fi networks, according to a survey released by Spiceworks. Of the IT professionals surveyed, only 6 percent said they had deployed 802.11ac as of July 2014.
Researchers at Huawei's campus in Shenzhen, China, claim their lab trials achieved 10 Gbps data speed using Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band, potentially laying the groundwork for creation of technical specifications for the next-generation 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard as the successor to today's 802.11ac-based gigabit Wi-Fi technology.