Here's one that might make the wireless LAN startup community, and the VCs getting behind it, stop in their tracks.
Frost & Sullivan reckons that, although unit shipments are going to "increase significantly" during the coming years, the market will be worth less in 2009 ($1,455.8 million) than it is in 2002 ($1,546.6 million). Darn, those figures are precise!
"The slight decrease in revenues can be attributed to an expected decline in unit prices because of strong vendor competition," the research company states in its press release (see No Steep Curve For WiFi).
Being an "industry that is built on standards" is a bit of a pain for the vendors, apparently. Its tough for them to ask a premium price when the products all do the same thing, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Given the constant call for open standards that allow interoperability and a level playing field for competition, we hope such a dire revenue warning does not start a campaign for the promotion of proprietary technology and a dirty media campaign against the standards bodies. No matter how much fun that would be.
— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrungwww.unstrung.com