- Language: English
- 67 Pages +
- Published: October 2012
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.
Key related points from the analysis include:
- Internet Protocol directly to the device has become an integral element in advanced M2M connectivity and thanks in part to the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets and the more advanced IoT solutions that require streaming or large file transfers, IP will continue to define success and growth for the WLAN market
- Architects of 802.11 standard understood how a ‘generalist' approach can help ensure stable market share – this has freed them up to expand the functionality of 802.11 technology, with 802.11s Mesh WiFi, for instance; certain companies can learn from their success
- Being backwards-compatible has greatly expanded the breadth of 802.11 and given investors and end-users comfort to know that the technology they choose to pursue will not be obsolete in the near future
- WLAN is currently actively encroaching on WPAN technologies; without increased interoperability, WLAN technology will ultimately win-out and relegate WPAN technologies to niche applications
- IEEE standards committees and the WiFi Alliance are currently repeating the benefits from the decisions they made years ago. The increased clarity, trust and innovative capacity these activities has allowed WiFi to , but at the ‘edge' of WiFi's applications comes interesting overlaps that are wholly unique for the Internet of Things.
Our analysis and research is focused on understanding the strategic market development implications within the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) arena as they relate to WLAN networks, including:
- What are the significant challenges users, product OEMs, service providers and silicon players face in this arena?
- How many WLAN enabled devices will there be in each market segment using which technologies? How have advancements in the technology expanded applicable use-cases for WLAN technology?
- Who are the key players in the WLAN marketplace and how are they positioned to engage in this enormous opportunity?
- Will the WPAN sector, which holds so much promised expansion opportunity, open up to WLAN technologies?
- What are the issues facing encumbent WLAN players? What strategies can these players employ to ensure success?
Strategic market analysis on use cases and opportunities for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN).
Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the new world of Smart Systems are ushering in an era where people, machines, devices, sensors, and businesses are all connected and able to interact with one another. As these previously disaggregated parties come together, new modes of collaboration and intelligence will abound fostering a trend that we call “Smart Business”. M2M is merely the starting point. The development of Smart Systems and Services will enable a truly connected “Smart World”. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
SUMMARY and FINDINGS
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.
WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORKS
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
STANDARDS and TECHNOLOGY
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.
ISSUES and OPPORTUNITIES
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