Public-facing Wi-Fi deployments taking off

Devices that support the super-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard already make up 11 per cent of the market, says IDC

Wi-Fi network deployments in stadiums and city councils are growing in Australia, according to IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Wireless LAN (WLAN) Tracker Q3 2013.

IDC’s research found enterprise market share for wireless deployments in Australia and New Zealand during Q3 2013 was 65 per cent, growing 27 per cent year-on-year.

“IDC has started seeing more public-facing Wi-Fi installations aiming to provide widespread connectivity for customers and monetisation opportunities for network suppliers.”

Almost three-quarters of Australian companies are planning to increase their mobility spend in 2014, with 80 per cent of tablets being Wi-Fi only devices. IDC also found more than 7.5 million people used their mobile phones to connect to the Internet in 2013.

Read Wi-Fi network drives business growth for horse racing club.

Devices that support the super-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard already make up 11 per cent of the market, IDC’s research found.

"802.11ac WLAN devices have seen a significant uptake in demand… IDC forecasts that 802.11ac will grow at a similar pace to its predecessor, 802.11n.”

Read Parramatta launches Australia’s first free 802.11ac Wi-Fi network.

Many vendors have also used data analytics techniques to differentiate their Wi-Fi deployments from the competition, IDC said.

Read more: QLD to splurge $200M on health systems

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