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The 2013 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Report - Product Image

The 2013 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Report

  • Published: August 2013
  • 83 Pages
  • Harbor Research, Inc

This report examines the technologies, standards, applications, players and anticipated market growth for mid-range wireless networks. We also examine the factors that have contributed to WLANs success and future considerations for this segment of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The WLAN market is characterized by its relatively calm atmosphere and in stark contrast to the WPAN market, this cohesion has helped to drive innovation and dominance. Based on our analysis, the author predicts 802.11 enabled technology will grow from 1.4 billion shipments in 2012 to over 3.6 billion shipments by 2016. A few factors will contribute to this growth, but the innovative capacity and efforts of the IEEE 802.11 subcommittees b, g, n, and ac have helped to ensure the functionality and applicability of 802.11 technologies are consistently expanded.

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This section provides a summary of the scope of the report, defines and portrays wireless local area networks, presents the scope of the report as well as provides a summary of our research findings.

This section provides definitions and a brief synopsis of the evolving wireless local area network marketplace. It outlines the opportunities associated with the Internet of Things networks

This section provides a structure for defining and understanding the many competing and overlapping standards bodies and work within the wireless local area network marketplace. IEEE Working Groups and related standards activities and cycles are reviewed.

This section provides an overview of applications enabled by wireless local area networks, including segmentation, market requirements, forecasts and specific vertical sector trends and opportunities.

This section provides a view of the evolving competitive structure and players in the WLAN marketplace, including the competing standards, potential impacts on silicon players as well as the likely winners and losers looking forward.

The final section of this report includes a view of the evolving marketplace issues as well as the players we believe will be the winners in the market. We present future scenarios on how the market might evolve in the years ahead.

Summary & Findings

Figure 0.1: Star & Mesh Networks

Chapter I: WLAN Market

Figure 1.1: Smart Systems Venue Map

Chapter II: Standards & Technology

Figure 2.1: Complexity of WLAN Technologies
Figure 2.2: Wi-Fi Use in IT and WSN Applications
Figure 2.3: IEEE802.11s Mesh Networks
Figure 2.4: IEEE802.11a/y Smart Gride Backhaul device

Chapter III: Applications
Figure 3.1: Typical IEEE802.11 Industrial hardware
Figure 3.2: Typical IEEE802.11 POS hardware
Figure 3.3: Typical IEEE802.11 IT hardware
Figure 3.4: Typical IEEE802.11 Transport Application
Figure 3.5: WLAN Shipments by Technology Comparison
Figure 3.6: WLAN Shipments by Sector Comparison
Figure 3.7: WLAN Shipments by Technology & Sector
Figure 3.8: WLAN Revenue by Technology Comparison
Figure 3.9: WLAN Revenue by Sector Comparison
Figure 3.10: WLAN Revenue by Technology & Sector

Chapter IV: Competitors

Figure 4.1: Wi-Fi and WPAN WSN Comparison (Millions of Shipped Devices)
Figure 4.2: WLAN Semiconductor Player Portfolio Analysis
Figure 4.3: WLAN Market Shares
Figure 4.4: WLAN Strategy Map
Figure 4.5: WLAN M&A Activity

Chapter V: Issues, Scenarios & Strategies

Figure 5.1: WLAN Decision Tree

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