Study Indicates Sales Of Wireless Devices To Cross One Billion Units This Year

Devices that come with embedded wireless local area networking (WLAN) component will ship 1.2 billion units this year.

According to a study conducted by iSuppli, the shipments of WLAN enabled devices will increase by 35 percent this year to 1.2 billion from 880.4 million units in 2010.

The company predicts that the shipments of WLAN enabled devices will double to 2.2 billion by 2015. The rise in shipments has been attributed to the growth of mobiles that come equipped with WLAN capabilities followed by mobile PCs.

iSuppli believes that this year, 512.8 million mobile phone units with WLAN will ship, followed by 230.1 million of mobile PCs.

The company also predicted that 19.7 percent of devices shipped in 2011 will contain some form of WLAN, more than the 15.6 percent shipped in 2010. iSuppli expects that figure to rise to 28.1 percent by 2015.

“From sharing Facebook news on their iPads, to viewing Hulu programs on their flat-panel TVs, to streaming audio and video in cars with their automotive infotainment systems, consumers depend on built-in WLAN technology to get the most out of their electronic products,” Dr. Jagdish Rebello, IHS's senior director and principal analyst for communications and consumer electronics, said in a statement.