Mobile Device Usage Driving Enterprise Wireless LAN Deployments

Mobile Device Usage Driving Enterprise Wireless LAN DeploymentsInfonetics Research just released excerpts from its 2013 Wireless LAN Strategies and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey.

In the survey, the market research firm takes an in-depth look at how medium and large organizations are evolving their access networks to deliver wireless connectivity to users.

“Thanks to the explosion in wireless devices and demand for network access, WLAN is already a $4 billion annual market, and our latest survey shows there’s no end in sight to the great big wireless LAN build-out,” explains Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

“Organizations tell us they’re planning major increases in wireless coverage, growing their access points by more than 20% by 2015 to support wireless devices, user mobility, and guest access,” Machowinski adds.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • Not only are companies rolling out more wireless access points, they are also upgrading existing ones: 802.11n penetration is expected to more than double by 2015, and there is already interest in 802.11ac products
  • Respondent organizations average around 9,000 devices on their networks today, growing to over 20% by 2015
  • The fastest growth is in mobile devices, which respondents anticipate will account for half of all networked devices by 2015
  • Almost 2/3 of enterprises surveyed allow their employees to bring their own devices into the enterprise today, a significant jump from Infonetics’ 2012 WLAN survey