Smart home to drive third wave in wireless home evolution


There will be a total of 17 billion home devices in use worldwide by 2030

Nearly five billion home WiFi devices are now in use around the world.

The success of WiFi technology is confirmed in new research from Strategy Analytics showing that predicts that a new wave of WiFi smart home devices is about to drive adoption towards a total of 17 billion home devices in use worldwide by 2030, cementing the wireless home as one of the leading technology trends of the early 21st century.

The report also finds that the leading home WiFi standard today is WiFi 5 (802.11ac), accounting for three quarters of 2019 device sales. The newly introduced standard, WiFi 6, will account for a third of device sales by 2023, and is expected to become dominant later in the 2020s.

The growth of WiFi-enabled smart home devices such as smart speakers, smart appliances, video cameras and thermostats, will represent the third wave in the evolution of the wireless home.

This began with home computing devices in the early 2000s, and was followed by smart TV devices in the 2010s. In 2019 smart TV devices will account for 29% of all home WiFi devices in use, but will be overtaken by smart home devices in 2020, which will eventually account for more than 60% of WiFi devices in use.

“The shape of the wireless home is constantly evolving to meet changing consumer needs and expectations,” said David Watkins, director, connected home devices. “WiFi technology has adapted well to these requirements over time and looks set to remain the dominant platform for in-home internet connectivity for many years to come.”


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