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802.11ac in Smartphones Will Accelerate the Wireless Technology's Adoption in Other Platforms

Published: 12 August 2013

ID: G00255096

Analyst(s): Mark Hung


With mobile handsets leading the charge, 802.11ac adoption in consumer, enterprise and carrier markets will start in 2013 and grow quickly in the next few years.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • New network architectures and hardware platforms will dictate the need for OEMs to include 802.11ac in consumer electronics (CE) devices
  • With 802.11ac making "wireless Gigabit Ethernet" a reality, enterprise Wi-Fi equipment vendors are accelerating its inclusion in their product lines
  • Mobile operators' spectrum constraints will be relieved by 802.11ac's wider bandwidth, and their rollouts are facilitated by the earlier inclusion of the technology by the carrier Wi-Fi equipment vendors

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