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Wireless networking has been catching on quickly both in homes and in businesses. In 2003,wireless networking gear was $2.5 billion, up about 40 percent, compared with the previous year, according to Synergy Research Group.
ABI said that next year, the market will change again. Shipments for dual-band 802.11a/g networking gear will surpass those of 802.11g equipment, as new applications like multimedia become more available. By 2009, the company said, 95 million Wi-Fi networking equipment devices will be shipped.
The 802.11g wireless standard is a follow-on to 802.11b, running at a higher speed (as much as 54 megabits per second) and
Falling production costs are fueling changes in the market as well. Average selling prices of 802.11g gear are now closer to those of 802.11b, and the same will happen with dual-band next year. Production costs of chips that go into wireless gear are coming down because of advances in production technology, ABI said.