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Market Trends: Bifurcating Enterprise Access Point Market Creates Opportunities and Challenges

Published: 12 June 2017

ID: G00331458

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman


The enterprise access layer market is bifurcating into separate market segments with differing requirements. Technology product management leaders must understand market changes, or else their product lines will fail to either create ROI or meet the needs of their customers.

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Market Trend

  • The Market Is Bifurcating the Enterprise Requirements for WLAN Access Points Into Basic and Advanced Capabilities
    • WLAN Chip Vendors Have Been Integrating More Capabilities Into the Chip
    • The Needs of Many Enterprises Are Being Met by Basic Access Point Functionality
    • New Capabilities and Vertical Markets Are Driving Advanced Access Point Functionality

Contrarian View

  • If Chip Vendors Continue to Integrate New Functionality Into SoCs, These Trends Change

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