According to a newly released wireless LAN (WLAN) market report issued by 650 Group, revenues of the Enterprise Plus Outdoor Wireless LAN market declined 3%. The researcher expects full-year 2020 revenues to decline.
On the bright side, 2021 will be a better year with Wi-Fi 6E Enterprise Plus Outdoor WLAN Access Points shipping to enterprises, with forecasts to exceed US$4 billion in the next five years.
“While the pandemic has negatively impacted the Enterprise WLAN market, we expect a rebound beginning in the second half of 2020. 650 Group quantitative studies of end-markets, verticals, including hospitality, retailing, and education have seen reductions in demand, while logistics and shipping have seen increases. We are encouraged that the US FCC has rapidly moved forward with plans to allow indoor 6 GHz unlicensed wireless, which will lead to Enterprise Wi-Fi 6E shipments in the next year,” said Chris DePuy, Technology analyst and founder of 650 Group.
Cloud-managed Wireless LAN revenues associated with Enterprises experienced significant growth in 2019 and is forecast to continue its growth during the forecast period ending 2024. The recently published report’s forecast includes the impact of new cloud-managed services that address the health crisis, including proximity tracing and hot zone alerting.
DePuy expects to see increased demand (from 2021 onwards) as companies leverage the new 6 GHz, first in the US, and then in other countries over the coming years. This forecast includes that of enterprise-class Wi-Fi 7 Access Point, which leverages the same new spectrum, and builds upon the expected progress of Wi-Fi 6E.