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Happy Birthday, 802.11n! A one-year review of the enterprise wireless market’s growth

September 16, 2010 - 0 Comments

The one-year anniversary of the 802.11n wireless standard ratification presents us with an opportunity to look back at Cisco’s accomplishments over the past year that have helped customers migrate and succeed with 802.11n technology. During this time, Cisco has made significant contributions to the industry that serve as building blocks for the standard’s adoption, such as the introductions of CleanAir, VideoStream and an integrated in-building cellular and Wi-Fi solution with MobileAccess. To further illustrate the impact of Cisco wireless technology on the industry, consider this metric: of all the enterprise WiFi traffic around the world, approximately two-thirds of this traffic has been delivered over Cisco 802.11n wireless access points.

The growth in the market was noted recently by CTOEdge’s Mike Vizard, who wrote, “According to Chris Kozup, Cisco director of mobility solutions, we’re already well on our way to seeing 802.11n wireless networks becoming the primary (wireless) network in the enterprise. Forecasts now call for somewhere in the neighborhood of 7.5 billion devices attached to 802.11n wireless networks by 2015, and Cisco has already shipped more than a million 802.11n access points.”

Even as Cisco reached the milestone of one million 802.11n access points sold (since 2007, when we offered the first enterprise 802.11n AP), Cisco continues its leadership in the market, continuing to drive innovation that’s responsible for the ongoing evolution of wireless LAN technology. This growth in 802.11n shipments is paving the way for Cisco Borderless Networks architectures to support the rising presence of video and other rich media, as well as virtualization, cloud and collaboration technologies that rely on the network for information delivery – whether it be wired, wireless, or virtual.

As improvements in 802.11n reliability and performance allow enterprises to utilize wireless networks more for business-critical applications, we continue to see the need for wired networks, which are certainly not going away. The Cisco Borderless Networks architecture strategy is a perfect example of how seamless integration between wired and wireless networks continues to be crucial for enterprises. 

So happy birthday to you, 802.11n. You had a great first year.

At Cisco, we think year two will be just as prominent for 802.11n and its value to customers and organizations worldwide. Don’t you?

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