As broadband wireless access grows, the WLAN network gear sector will exceed $275 Million by 2011-12 (not including embedded chips), up from the current $23.1 Million.
The combined Wi-Fi market (described as consisting of WLAN networking gear, systems integration, professional services and not including embedded devices and laptops) is expected to exceed $744 million by 2012 (CAGR of 61.4%).
Hybrid Wi-Fi and WiMAX deployments are bringing broadband connectivity to previously unconnected rural and urban areas alike.
Dual-mode Wi-Fi / cellular handsets show promise for bringing higher-throughput internet connectivity to numerous Indian citizens who do not own computers.
“From government, to industry, to academia, there is tremendous enthusiasm in India for Wi-Fi technology,” said Sridhar T. Pai, Chief Executive of Tonse Telecom. “Our research found that a strong ecosystem is forming and triggering innovation that will benefit individuals and businesses globally.”
“Wi-Fi Alliance programs, including interoperability and security testing, will be key enablers of Wi-Fi adoption in India, much as they have been in other markets worldwide,” said Frank Hanzlik. “Wi-Fi certification will help ensure users have the very best experience with Wi-Fi technology at home, at work, and on the road.”