Global WLAN Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Pages: 58
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The global WLAN market report offers an up-to-date analysis of the market concerning the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall global environment. This report provides an analysis of the market by technology including 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11a/b/g. It also outlines the market shares for key regions such as the Americas, APAC, and EMEA. The report also provides an analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and offers information on several companies including Cisco, HP/Aruba, Ruckus, and Ubiquiti.


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Overview of the global WLAN market

The global WLAN market research predicts the market to grow at an impressive CAGR of around 14% during the forecast period. The emergence of the 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification is the primary WLAN market driver. 802.11ac Wave 2 specification utilizes the multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO) technology and has a theoretical maximum wireless speed of up to 6.9 Gbps. The higher bandwidth and MIMO technology of 802.11ac Wave 2 specification will compel enterprises to upgrade their Wi-Fi networks with Wave 2, 802.11ac.

The recent increase in number of connected devices like mobile computing devices (smartphones, tablets, and PCs), media players (smart set-top boxes, smart TVs, and gaming consoles), wearables (smart watches, smart bands, smart glasses, and smart clothing), and smart home appliances are expected to boost the prospects for WLAN market growth during the forecast period. Currently, Wi-Fi is the leading wireless technology for connected devices as it supports content-rich applications such as audio, video, gaming, and the Internet. 

Technological segmentation of the WLAN market

  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac
  • 802.11a/b/g

The 802.11n technology standard-based WLAN device segment dominated this market and accounted for a market share of approximately 61% during 2015. In terms of unit shipments, this technology segment dominated the market in 2015 as it includes devices like APs, routers, and residential gateways. 


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Geographical segmentation of the WLAN market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

The Americas currently dominate this market and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 13% during the forecast period. A major factor that is responsible for the high market share of this region is the recent rise in the number of connected households. In 2015, there were 111.53 million connected households across the globe, out of which North America had the highest penetration rate of around 23%.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global WLAN market is dominated by four leading vendors that account for more than 75% of the total market share. To gain maximum market shares, the vendors from different industries invest in smart devices and integrate advanced electronic components into their electronic devices.  The vast amount of data collected from connected devices allows vendors to improve customer and partner assistance and support.

The leading vendors in the market are -

  • Cisco
  • HP/Aruba
  • Ruckus
  • Ubiquiti

Other prominent vendors in the market include Aerohive, Belkin, Buffalo Technology, D-Link, NETGEAR, Samsung, Zebra Technologies, and ZTE.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global WLAN market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the WLAN market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global WLAN market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the WLAN devices market?


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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Base year and forecast period
  • Market coverage
  • Market size calculation
  • Geographical segmentation
  • Top vendor offerings
  • Vendor segmentation
  • Common currency conversion rates

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Architecture of WLAN
  • Advantages and disadvantages of WLAN
  • WLAN technologies for security
  • WLAN security architecture
  • Wi-Fi Alliance
  • Technological advances of Wi-Fi standard for WLAN market

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Key WLAN deployments in 2015

PART 07: Market segmentation by technology

PART 08: Geographical segmentation

  • WLAN market in Americas
  • WLAN market in EMEA
  • WLAN market in APAC
  • Summary of key figures

PART 09: Market drivers

  • Emergence of 802.11ac Wave 2
  • Formation of NBASE-T alliance
  • Increase in shipments of connected devices
  • Rise in global Internet traffic

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

  • Vulnerability of WLAN networks to cyber attacks
  • High power consumption
  • Threat from alternative wireless technologies
  • Intense market competition

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Increasing M&A helping companies improve their supply chain and competitiveness
  • High adoption of BYOD and COPE policies
  • Emergence of cloud computing
  • Proliferation of Wi-Fi certified products

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Cisco Systems
  • HP
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • Ubiquiti Networks
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 15: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 16: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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