The state of consumer WiFi is set to transform considerably over the next five years as broadband infrastructure becomes smarter, stronger and more flexible – as operators capture the Multi-AP market. These operators will increasingly deploy WiFi Cloud Management (WCM) software, additional access points for homes (Multi-AP), and new CPE that will lay the groundwork for WiFi 6, WiFi 6E, and eventually WiFi 7. In our period, WiFi will become significantly ‘smarter’, both due to the increased decisioning capacity for management software that comes with the expansion into the cloud, but also due to the increased flexibility in decision making that is enabled by Multi-AP set ups. As such, the number of homes with more than one access point (AP) will grow considerably in the next five years, although this number will start to plateau at the market cap in North America by 2026. Globally, Multi-AP technologies will encompass over a quarter of all broadband homes by 2026, at 325 million homes.
Client Review of WiFi Market Forecast
“I spent a weekend deep diving in the 46 page long WiFi Cloud Management forecast from Rethink TV (WiFi Cloud Management Multi-AP, WiFi 6, 6E & 7 Forecast– 2021-2026). The report is packed with forecast statistics on the various WiFi standards, how Managed WiFi is predicted to grow and how many homes are forecasted to be Multi-AP. In addition, it also takes the WiFi client market into perspective as WiFi clients are a driving factor behind the rollout of new WiFi technology in our homes. In addition to all the facts, Rethink TV provides an overview of their private discussions held with all operators and vendors contributing to the report, this was especially interesting as it gave some extra flavour to the reading. All in all, it is a very comprehensive and useful report, a kind of must read for companies in the business of connected home. Thank you, Rethink TV, look forward to follow-ups.”
Conny Franzén, CEO Inteno Group AB
Companies mentioned in this report:
Actiontec, Agem, Airties, Akoustis, Amazon, Apple, Arcadyan, Arris, Assia, ASUS, AT&T, AVM, Bell Canada, Broadband Forum, Broadcom, Calix, Calix, Charter, Comcast, Compal, Broadband, Dell, Devolo, DirectTV, D-Link, FCC, Google, Hitron, HP , Huawei, IEEE, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Liberty Global, Linksys, MediaTek, Netgear, ON Semiconductor, Orange, Panasonic, Plume, Qorvo, Qualcomm, Quantenna, Samsung, Sercomm, Sky, Skyworks, Skyworth, SMC Networks, SoftAtHome, Synology, Taiyo Uden, Technicolor, TP-Link, Ubee, Verizon, WiFi Alliance, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Wyze, Xiaomi, Zyxel
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