WiFi unit shipments up 214% in 2003
The high-tech market research firm expects that 22.7 million NIC and AP units rolled out in 2003, a 214% increase from 2002?s 7.2 million unit shipments. The primary market drivers for 2003 were the availability of 802.11g products, and consequently the very cheap prices for 802.11b equipment. Notebooks with embedded Wi-Fi were also a driver on the client side within the home, as Dell, HP, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Acer pushed out notebooks with embedded 802.11b and 802.11g at retail, through catalogs, and on-line. Most of these notebooks included embedded Wi-Fi for no extra cost.