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WLAN-enabled CE shipments rise to 42 crore by 2015

Posted: 05 Jul 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WLAN  consumer electronics  wireless connection 

An In-Stat study reveals that WLAN-enabled CE product shipments are expected to exceed 41.9 crore by 2015. The In-Stat study for CE markets combines the portable consumer electronic products that include WLAN connectivity as well as stationary CE products such as TVs that provide access to digital content, although the WLAN attach rates of the stationary CE devices remain low compared to their portable counterparts.

Many portable consumer electronic (CE) products include WLAN connectivity using the available standards 802.11b/g, 802.11n and the forthcoming 802.11ac. Devices classified as stationary CE products, such as TVs, DVD/Blu-ray players and digital photo frames, now offer also wireless connection to the Internet or a home network.

"WLAN connectivity in portable CE devices is not a novel idea and, in fact, an absolute requirement in most cases," said Frank Dickson, vice president of research at In-Stat. "What is new is the growth in stationary CE WLAN-enabled devices. The global embedded base of web-enabled and smart CE devices is predicted to grow substantially over the next five years, providing the connectivity necessary to support IP-based video content. Smart CE devices actually go one step further, offering online applications."

The In-Stat research noted that by 2015, e-readers and the 802.11ac standard in notebooks will have an attach rate of 90 per cent and 57 per cent, respectively. By 2014, handheld game consoles will have an 802.11n attach rate of 32 per cent and over 5.4 crore WLAN-enabled digital TVs will be shipped by 2013.

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