Wireless mesh accelerates in North America

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-up wireless networks during military operations.

By Staff November 1, 2005

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-up wireless 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.

In-Stat found:

  • Wi-Fi-based WMNs are being applied as ‘hot zones,’ which cover a broad area;

  • 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 report, “Mesh Networks: Moving From Ad Hoc to Fixed Infrastructure,” covers: applications, vendors, advantages and disadvantages compared to other mesh and non-mesh networks, and a 5-year equipment forecast.