Global - Mobile Broadband - WiFi, Bluetooth & UWB


Archived report. This report was archived in 2010 and has not been updated since. Around the world, WiFi has established itself as the quiet achiever in short-range wireless broadband and in 2010 there is evidence emerging that the use of WiFi hotspots is on the rise due to increasing popularity from smart phone users. WiFi offers a faster and in some cases, cheaper, alternative to mobile networks. The recent introduction of WiFi Direct has increased the competition between it and another short-range wireless technology – Bluetooth and its latest release Bluetooth 3.0. In the midst of short range wireless technologies there is also Ultra-Wideband (UWB) which has struggled due to competition and lack of applications. UWB chip manufacturers have now turned their attention towards the wireless HD connectivity sector. This report provides a broad global market overview of the short-range technologies WiFi, Bluetooth and UWB.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. WLAN/WiFi hotspots
    • 3.1 Security challenges
  • 4. Muni WiFi – only a moderate success
  • 5. WiFi market overview
    • 5.1 Global statistics and forecasts
    • 5.2 Brief case study: USA
      • 5.2.1 Major US WiFi hotspot providers
  • 6. Other recent developments
    • 6.1 WiFi Direct in 2010
    • 6.2 WiFi use in smart grids
    • 6.3 Competition between Bluetooth and WiFi intensifies
  • 7. Introduction: Bluetooth
    • 7.1 Early developments
    • 7.2 The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • 8. Bluetooth market overview
    • 8.1 Bluetooth SIG explores smart energy
    • 8.2 Other application examples
  • 9. UWB (Ultra-Wideband)
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 UWB and wireless USB
    • 9.3 UWB and HD-TV
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Number of WiFi mobile handset shipments worldwide – 2009 - 2010
  • Table 2 – Number of WiFi hotspots worldwide – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 3 – Number of public WiFi hotspots – top 10 countries worldwide – mid-2009
  • Table 4 – Top 10 US cities – WiFi hotspots – 2009
  • Table 5 – Installed base of Bluetooth devices worldwide – 2005; 2007; 2010
  • Exhibit 1 – The Wi-Fi Alliance

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Number of pages 10

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Last updated 24 Mar 2010
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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