About Wireless Access point
In a wireless network, an AP is a networking hardware device that transmits and receives data. An AP connects users to other users within the network as well as serve as the interconnection point between the WLAN and a fixed wire network. Each AP can serve multiple users within a defined network area. When a person moves beyond the range of one AP, they are inevitably handed over to the next AP. A small WLAN requires a single AP; the number needed increases as a function of the number of network users and the physical size of the network.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global wireless access point market to grow at a CAGR of 7.76% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global wireless access point market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from wireless AP shipments such as gateways/access point, dependent APs, and independent APs.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Wireless Access Point Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global wireless access point market: Aerohive, Cisco Systems, HPE, Ruckus Wireless, and Ubiquiti.
Other prominent vendors in the market are: Alcatel-Lucent, Belkin, Buffalo Technology, D-Link, EnGenius, Huawei Technologies, Netgear, Novatel Wireless, Samsung, TP-LINK Technologies, Zebra Technologies, and ZTE.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One of latest trends in the market is emergence of 802.11ac Wave 2. The second-generation of the 802.11ac wireless specification is 802.11ac Wave 2. It utilizes MU-MIMO technology, which enables APs to relay information to multiple receivers at a time. This standard supports theoretical maximum wireless speeds of up to 6.9 Gbps and provides backward compatibility with previous 802.11 specifications.”
According to the report, one of the primary drivers in the market is increase in development of smart cities. Government organizations across the world are investing billions of dollars in the development of smart cities or connected cities. This requires public Wi-Fi networks to offer services such as safety and security, access to education, waste and water management, traffic management, infrastructure management, and healthcare to consumers. The Smart City applications demand a wireless network in order to deal with tough situations like complex meshing in outdoor environments. Public Wi-Fi networks offer inhabitants to access the internet with the help of their smartphone and tablet. It also provides LBS to city planners to gain insight about how its inhabitants live and how a smart city functions, in order to provide better services to people living in smart cities. This, in turn, will create mass demand for wireless APs to be installed in public places.
Further, the report states that one major challenge in the market is latency issues. The internet is the backbone of the IoT devices market. IoT devices require reliable, high-speed internet connectivity to function effectively. Though many countries such as the US, the UK, and Japan have advanced internet infrastructure, other countries lack the basic infrastructure for internet connectivity. In suburban areas and highways, where the quality of the network is usually poor, mobile network operators need to build solutions to offer connectivity to the IoT devices in these areas. This challenge has the highest impact on the consumer segment, as individual consumers cannot have access to high-speed internet everywhere. Low internet speeds and latency (time taken by the data packet to travel between devices in a network) are affecting the adoption of access points and APs among consumers. South Korea has the fastest average download rate at 23 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong at 16.3 Mbps, and Japan at 15 Mbps. So the adoption of wireless APs is expected to be high in these countries. Whereas, in countries with lower internet speeds, the adoption of wireless APs is expected to be slow.
Huawei Technologies, NETGEAR, Novatel Wireless, TP-LINK Technologies, ZTE, Alcatel, Hame Technology, Karma Mobility.