Firm claims 802.11ac standard adoption will be rapid

Gigabit-capable Wi-Fi ‘to ship a billion’ by 2015

Market research outfit In-Stat has forecast that the upcoming 802.11ac gigabit-speed Wi-Fi will ship nearly a billion devices by 2015.

"The goal of 802.11ac is to provide data speeds much faster than 802.11n, with speeds of around 1Gbps," said In-Stat research boss Frank Dickson.

"The timing for 802.11ac approval is to have a draft standard created by 2011 and have the first 802.11ac products out by the end of 2012."

The 802.11ac specification has not been finalised as yet but In-State believe that the speeds will be attained by bounding four or even eight channels as well as an improved modulation scheme.

The firm said mobile devices with Wi-Fi will ship nearly 800 million units by 2015 and that by 2015 all mobile hotspot devices will be 802.11ac-enabled devices. 

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