North America is enmeshed
Scottsdale, Ariz., October 3– The Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) infrastructure equipment market has begun to accelerate, reports In-Stat. From 2004-2009, the market for access points is expected to zoom from $33.5 million to $974.3 million, the high-tech, market-research firm says. WMNs were developed as a quick way to set-upwireless networks during military operations. The technology allows two-way communication between all radios in a network.
"Vendors are reporting a sharp increase in both inquiries and Requests For Proposals, enough to make them highly optimistic for the future of the market," says Norm Bogen, a research director with In-Stat.
Wi-Fi-based WMNs are being applied as‘hot zones,’ which cover a broad area, e.g. a downtown city district;
Most equipment vendors are North American, and the bulk of equipment sales are made in North America; and
WMN is a powerful, and potentially disruptive, technology. It is already being used to extend the range of Wi-Fi technology, and has the potential to expand and extend the reach of numerous wireless technologies from WiMAX to Ultra-Wideband.
In-Stat’s $2,995 report, "Mesh Networks: Moving From Ad Hoc to Fixed Infrastructure" (#IN0502465WS), covers:
Applications for WLAN wireless-mesh networks;
Major equipment providers;
Advantages and disadvantages—compared to other types of mesh networks, as well as non-mesh networks; and
A five-year equipment forecast.
— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering