By : Jennifer J LePage
July 17, 2012 10:44 AM
According to the Dell’Oro Group, the enterprise Wireless LAN (WLAN) market revenues will grow 75% over 2010 levels in the next five years to $7.5 billion by 2015. This growth is attributed to the number of Wi-Fi enabled devices and the desire for untethered access to data. Service providers continue to expand their affiliated network of hotspots, and IT departments continue to build-out new WLAN infrastructure and upgrade previous installations to accommodate users’ desires. Today’s enterprise is seeking solutions that fuel the demand for efficiency and flexibility – WLAN addresses both.
According to IDC, 802.11n deployments are now the de facto standard with 77.4% of all enterprise shipments. New deployments signal that for many enterprises, the upgrade to 802.11n is an upgrade from the "network of convenience" to one of ubiquitous wireless access. With more users relying on wireless as their primary form of access, enterprises will have to put the WLAN on an equal footing with the rest of the network and commit the resources necessary to bring access to users, wherever they need to roam.