Why is Wi-Fi so popular ?


22-October-2012

This is due to an incredible surge in growth occurring across the mobile handset, laptop, tablet, printer, automotive and TV markets. Overall, over 9 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices have been shipped since 2009.

One key growth area, according to the report, is the connected home. More to the point, Wi-Fi enabled HDTVs that can pull content in from the local network like movies and TV shows from Netflix and Hulu Plus, and gaming services like OnLive and Gaikai. 17 million Wi-Fi enabled flat panel TVs were reportedly shipped in 2011, and so far 30 million have been sold in 2012. That number will grow "four-fold" by 2017, the firm said.

"Wi-Fi is expected to become ubiquitous in coming years, not only to allow wireless Internet access, but mainly as consumers increasingly demand wireless connections between TVs and other devices such as smartphones and media tablets," said Peter Cooney, wireless connectivity practice director. "The forthcoming Wi-Fi display specification Miracast will further drive Wi-Fi attach rates in the connected home as consumers embrace the technology."

Over the past few years, many of the WiFi device suppliers have mainly relied on the smartphone and laptop markets to drive revenue, but the connected TV market is expected to drive sales even further going forward.

“Our new retail outlet (WiFi Plus) situated in the Pirates Arms Arcade which specialises in Wi-Fi products plus other gadgets is ..a different experience” said Richard Perks - Business Development Director for Kokonet/Space95 Ltd.

“It has a modern design and staffed with technically qualified staff who know their subject inside out. We allow the customer to experience the products they are interested in, before they buy and can provide an even wider range of services through connection to other members of the Space95 and Kokonet team. We are expanding the stock step by step as we gain feedback from our customers and the market. You can also buy your Kokotalk and Kokozone cards there too.”

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