Metric: Wireless mesh networks to hit $974.3M in 2009

According to a recent study by In-Stat, the wireless mesh network (WMN) market will surge from $33.5 million last year to $974.3 million by 2009. WMNs were originally developed as a quick setup for a wireless network during military operations. The study attributes the growth to increasing interest in the technology from cities looking to deploy inexpensive WiFi services, wireless ISPs, and others in the security industry. Another In-Stat report found that cities were using WMNs as hotzones, covering broad areas of downtown city districts. WMNs can also help expand and extend the reach of other wireless technologies, including WiMax and ultra-wideband.

For more on In-Stat's WMN study:
- read this press release