WLAN market to contract in 2024, Wi-Fi 7 a bright spot: Dell’Oro

A recent report from Dell’Oro Group predicts that sales of Wi-Fi 7 Access Points (APs) will reach nearly three quarters of total AP revenues by 2028.  The introduction of Wi-Fi 7 to enterprises will be one of the few bright spots for vendors in 2024, in a market that is expected to contract by nine per cent. Wi-Fi 6E adoption is still growing, but is forecasted to peak in 2024.

“There has been a flurry of vendors announcing new Wi-Fi 7 APs in January,” said Siân Morgan, wireless LAN (WLAN) research director at Dell’Oro Group. “We expect that Wi-Fi 6E APs will still outsell Wi-Fi 7 in 2024, but adoption of Wi-Fi 7 will be responsible for all of the revenue growth by 2025.

“However, total WLAN AP revenues are expected to decrease in 2024. After the backlog-driven revenues of 2023, enterprises are busy digesting all the equipment they received.  It’s going to take a few more quarters of downturn before the market begins to expand again.”

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