Wave 2 Market

802.11ac Wave 2 Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2016-2026

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  • April 2020
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This Wave 2 market study offers a comprehensive analysis of the business models, key strategies, and respective market shares of some of the most prominent players in this landscape. Along with an in-depth commentary on the key influencing factors, market statistics in terms of revenues, segment-wise data, region-wise data, and country-wise data are offered in the full study. This study is one of the most comprehensive documentation that captures all the facets of the evolving Wave 2 market.


The promising features of 802.11ac Wave 2 standard is expected to create potential opportunities in the Wi-Fi space. While it will take some time for this second wave of products to prove their true potential, for sure the benefits will be tangible. Various organizations are paying close attention to the potential value and impact of the products supporting 802.11ac Wave 2 standard, and are expected to consider Wave 2 in their future technology plans.

One major challenge in the adoption of wave 2 standard is the fact that many existing Wi-Fi clients lack forward compatibility with the new wave 2 features. Just like most new technologies, it will take some time for adoption of wave 2 standard to ramp up and for wave 2-enabled hardware to be released.

Market Growth Analysis

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Wi-Fi technology has undergone an incredible degree of transformation since its standardization as the 802.11 standard. 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard has been introduced in the commercial market in two distinct phases, dubbed Wave1 and Wave 2, both offering a significant performance increase from its predecessor standards.

With supporting over 60 client devices and 25 routers, the 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard is quickly cementing its footprint in the commercial market and is expected to become the highest shipping Wi-Fi standard in coming years.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, a global nonprofit association of companies that determine the interoperability of Wi-Fi technology, certified the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard in 2015. Wave 2 standard is built upon Wave 1 with some significant enhancements including support to speeds upto 2.34 Gbps in the 5 GHz band, support to multiuser multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) and greater performance with option of using 160-MHz-wide channels and a fourth spatial stream.

Market Dynamics:

Major factors driving the growth of global 802.11ac Wave 2 market include high growth in mobile video usage & VoIP services, continued shift to end-user mobility, increasing volumes of Wi-Fi-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and demand for high-speed delivery of large files and data access and movement.

Wave 2 standard offers greater density of connected devices than wave 1 as it supports multiuser multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO). This enables efficient utilization of spectrum is for multiple connected devices providing consumers with options to easily get their devices on and off of the network. Other software improvements in MU-MIMO include ability to group/schedule the type of traffic for each device, dynamic adaptation of modulation & coding, and sounding rate control.

Additionally, the market growth is further propelled by the trend to employ multiple connected devices per user and traction towards “all wireless office” user experience is expected to witness potential growth opportunities during the forecast period.

Market Segmentation:

Global 802.11ac wave 2 market is mainly classified on the basis of end users and geographies.

On the basis of end users, global 802.11ac wave 2 market is segmented into enterprises, cellular operators, residential and public areas (such as airports, hotspots and conferences).

Key Market Players

Some of the major players in the global 802.11ac wave 2 market include NETGEAR, Inc., Cisco Systems, ASUSTeK Computer Inc., D-Link Corporation, TP-Link, Linksys and Buffalo Americas, Inc. to name a few.

The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain. The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

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On the basis of regions, the market is segmented into 7 key regions:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
  • Japan
  • Middle East & Africa

The report covers exhaustive analysis on:

  • 802.11ac Wave 2 Market Segments
  • 802.11ac Wave 2 Market Dynamics
  • Historical Actual Market Size, 2014 - 2015
  • 802.11ac Wave 2 Market Size & Forecast 2016 to 2026
  • Ecosystem Analysis
  • 802.11ac Wave 2 Market Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
  • Competition & Companies involved
  • Technology
  • Value Chain
  • 802.11ac Wave 2 market Drivers and Restraints

Regional analysis for 802.11ac Wave 2 market includes development of these technologies in the following regions:

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of LATAM
  • Europe
    • Western Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • U.K
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Nordics
      • Benelux
      • Rest of the Western Europe
    • Eastern Europe
      • Poland
      • Russia
      • Rest of the Eastern Europe
  • Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ)
    • China
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Australia and New Zealand (ANZ)
    • Rest of APEJ
  • Japan
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • North Africa
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

Report Highlights:

  • Detailed overview of parent market
  • Changing market dynamics of the industry
  • In-depth market segmentation
  • Historical, current and projected market size in terms of value
  • Recent industry trends and developments
  • Competitive landscape
  • Strategies of key players and product offerings
  • Potential and niche segments/regions exhibiting promising growth
  • A neutral perspective towards market performance
  • Must-have information for market players to sustain and enhance their market footprint
Frequently Asked Questions

What research methodology is used to develop the Wave 2 Market report?
  • FMI utilizes three branched methods to derive market measurements used to compile any report study (data derivation, triangulation and validation).
  • These approaches include accumulating data from both primary and secondary sources
  • Primary research involves interviews with industry operators and FMI's network of contacts spanning the world's value chain of the Wave 2 Market. This is supported by a comprehensive literature analysis of information gathered through secondary sources
  • Analysis of several middle market stakeholders for country-wise data

In addition to up-to-date market figures and customized of the Wave 2 Market, FMI offer consulting services to help businesses within industry navigate challenges and take well-informed decisions amidst the breakneck competition.

  • Most of the competitors are segregated according to their market share in 'Tier' wise statures.
  • Global market participants are scrutinized and global competition metrics are included with numerous competitor profiles referring to their business background and go-to market strategies.
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