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The State of 802.11ac Adoption

The move to the next generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac is picking up steam quickly, seeing an increase of 540 percent in the last year. However, there is still much work to be done when it comes to client devices that support the new standard. Many organizations are still running clients that can only handle traffic from older standards like 802.11n or 802.11g. In order to truly realize the efficiencies gained from 802.11ac, 802.11ac client devices need broader adoption in the enterprise.  Although the number of 802.11ac client devices is still small, this number is growing rapidly, with most new cell phones, tablets and laptops supporting 802.11ac. When this question is asked again, we believe the number of 802.11ac clients will be approaching critical mass, and organizations will be very happy that they upgraded their wireless infrastructure to 802.11ac so they are capable of handling the increased throughput.

To illustrate the rate of enterprise 802.11ac adoption, WildPackets commissioned a survey across the enterprise and various industries. More than 200 individuals completed the State of 802.11ac Adoption survey. Respondents came from organizations of various industries and sizes. Here are some of the key findings from the report:

Who Responded?

  • More than 20 percent of respondents work in organizations with more than 10,000 people
  • Almost 63 percent of respondents work in organizations with less than 1,000 people
  • 40 percent of respondents lie within three main industries: High Technology, Manufacturing, and Education

Rate of 802.11ac Adoption

  • 23 percent of respondents have already deployed 802.11ac
  • 29 percent of respondents have no plans to deploy 802.11ac

Client Devices Supporting 802.11ac

  • 41 percent of respondents said that less than 10 percent of their organization’s current client devices supported 802.11ac. 25 percent did not know

To find out more about the state of 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi adoption, download the full survey report

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