Market analysts Dell’Oro believe that the emerging Internet of Things will rely heavily on Wi-Fi and other close range technologies such as Bluetooth, Zigbee and so on.
“Billions of new devices – beside mobile phones, tablets and laptops – are expected to need network connectivity in the future in a trend known commonly as the Internet of Things (IoT). Depending on the proponent of such a trend, we often hear of the benefits expected to accrue to various technology players,” Dell’Oro said. “For instance, those involved in the mobile phone/cellular industry point to how IoT will drive significant new connections to cellular networks. Likewise, technology companies with exposure to various forms of unlicensed wireless technology such as WLAN, Bluetooth, Zigbee, etc., talk about IoT in the context of driving growth of their particular type of networking technology.”
The research firm estimated that there will a nearly 1 billion WLAN network devices in five years, noting that “these WLAN devices will be the primary way that most IoT devices connect to networks.”
“This puts in place a powerful driver to further WLAN infrastructure building,” Dell’Oro said. “And, these WLAN network owners are incentivized to install WiFi because they won’t incur a monthly charge that would be necessary in order to use cellular connections.”
Source: Internet of Things (IoT) and Wireless LAN (WLAN) Go Hand-in-Hand – Dell’Oro
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