The Global Wi-Fi 6 Market size is expected to reach $29.4 billion by 2030, rising at a market growth of 26.9% CAGR during the forecast period.
The educational sector will likely experience a greater influx of new wireless devices than any other industry. Consequently, the education segment is anticipated to capture approximately 1/4th share of the market by 2030. As students return to schools, colleges, and universities, institutions must be prepared to manage hundreds or thousands of new devices in addition to legacy devices. Wi-Fi 6 can greatly enhance indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi performance, which benefits schools that want to provide excellent wireless connections. With the advent of eLearning and online exam practices, there has been a rise in demand for dependable and secure Internet access. Staff members and students can access the internet from various devices and locations due to Wi-Fi 6 solutions and services. Moreover, Wi-Fi 6 accommodates the growing connectivity requirements of learning activities, online education, and business operations.
The major strategies followed by the market participants are Product Launches as the key developmental strategy in order to keep pace with the changing demands of end users. For instance, In January, 2022, Ubiquiti rolled out The new UniFi Wi-Fi 6 Pro access point and is the most capable suite packed within much of a similar design. In October, 2022, NXP Semiconductors introduced the OrangeBox, an automotive-grade development platform that combines a broad range of NXP wireless technologies, including broadcast radio, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth.
Based on the Analysis presented in the KBV Cardinal matrix; Cisco Systems, Inc., Broadcom, Inc., and Intel Corporation are the forerunners in the Market. In January, 2022, Intel launched 12th Gen Intel? Core? mobile processors with combined Wi-Fi 6/6E abilities. The launch aims to enhance its competitive edge and Intel’s position in the gaming market. Companies such as NXP Semiconductors N.V., Netgear, Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. are some of the key innovators in the Market.
Market Growth Factors
Increasing industry digital transformation initiatives
Increasingly, digital transformation is propelled by drastically changing user expectations. Most industry verticals, such as BFSI, healthcare, and retail, are transforming digitally. This has led to a rise in the adoption of Wi-Fi 6 technology across industries, enabling companies to decrease the cost of connection installation, which entails physically laying out wired connections. In addition, the increasing prevalence of e-learning in schools and universities requires a unified network connection to ensure uninterrupted service. As a result, it is expected that the expansion of all these sectors will offer the market significant growth prospects over the forecast period.
An increasing number of internet users and devices
The Internet’s expanding impact on individual consumers and large economies has become an increasingly crucial aspect of day-to-day lives. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimated that in 2022 there were approximately 5.3 billion Internet users globally. It indicates that a sizable portion of the world’s population is connected to the World Wide Web (www), presenting lucrative prospects for the market. These Wi-Fi 6 frames also help to reduce network interference from other networks and increase network speed. Consequently, the demand for Wi-Fi 6 technologies will increase in the residential, commercial, and industrial areas. All these factors are propelling the growth of the market.
Market Restraining Factors
Persistent use of Wi-Fi 5 and 4 in many regions
The Wi-Fi 6 technology provided by smartphones, computing devices, routers, and other smart products is expensive and unavailable for mid-range products. Wi-Fi 6 devices are being made for a particular niche, and it will take a few years to displace Wi-Fi 5 devices. In addition, users will need a gigabit-class broadband connection to utilize Wi-Fi 6 technology fully. However, vendors of Wi-Fi 6 devices are now focusing on product expansion and design improvements to meet market demand and make it accessible to all. Since Wi-Fi 5 devices are widely used and readily available, they are limiting the market growth for Wi-Fi 6 in the current scenario.
Location Outlook
On the basis of location, the market is fragmented into indoor and outdoor. In 2022, the outdoor segment acquired a substantial revenue share in the market. The new Wi-Fi 6 access points improve performance and efficiency beyond 802.11ac networks, even without 802.11ax hardware. The rapid adoption of Wi-Fi 6 enables organizations to support a greater number of concurrent users and devices and deliver more simultaneous video streams than previously. Wi-Fi 6 technology is used by expert antennas with high-power amplifiers to provide robust and wide wireless coverage to a range of outdoor sites. Maximum ranges for 2.4 and 5 GHz are 200 and 300 meters, respectively. Due to these factors, the segment’s revenue is expected to increase during the projected period.
Offering Outlook
Based on offering, the market is segmented into hardware, solutions, and services. In 2022, the hardware segment held the highest revenue share in the market. Wi-Fi 6 relies more on hardware than software updates, so any performance enhancements require new hardware. Wi-Fi 6 requires a compatible router for support, and most manufacturers have already begun producing routers with Wi-Fi 6 capability. This is anticipated to aid in the segment’s revenue growth.
Hardware Type Outlook
The hardware segment is further subdivided into wireless access points, mesh routers & home gateways, wireless controllers, system on chip, and others. The wireless access points segment procured the highest revenue share in the market in 2022. Wireless Access Points (WAPs) that support Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, offer significant improvements in terms of speed, capacity, and performance compared to earlier Wi-Fi standards. Wi-Fi 6 includes WPA3 encryption as the default security protocol, offering stronger protection against unauthorized access and security breaches. These advantages make Wi-Fi 6 access points highly desirable for both home and enterprise wireless networking environments.
Application Outlook
By application, the market is segmented into immersive technologies, HD video streaming & video streaming, smart home devices & telemedicine, IoT, Industry 4.0, public wi-fi & dense environments, and others. The IoT, Industry 4.0, public Wi-Fi and dense environments segment garnered a significant revenue share in the market in 2022. Industry 4.0 environments frequently involve various connected devices, including sensors, robots, machinery, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. High device density environments are suited for Wi-Fi 6 due to their increased capacity and handling of concurrent connections. Wi-Fi 6 provides faster data transmission rates, which is beneficial for transmitting large amounts of data generated by sensors, cameras, and other smart devices in smart manufacturing facilities and factories.
Vertical Outlook
Based on vertical, the market is divided into retail & e-commerce, government & public sector, manufacturing, media & entertainment, healthcare & life sciences, transportation & logistics, travel & hospitality, education, residential, and others. The healthcare and life sciences segment procured a substantial growth rate in the market in 2022. The sector utilizes Wi-Fi for centralized data administration to improve the scalability and dependability of offered services. Cloud Wi-Fi services enable secure and convenient remote access to a patient’s medical history and vital information. Wi-Fi also enables low-cost, real-time healthcare information exchange between providers and patients, propelling this segment’s revenue growth.
Regional Outlook
Region-wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEA. In 2022, the North America region led the market by generating the highest revenue share. It is anticipated that factors such as increased demand for hybrid work-from-home models and high demand for high-bandwidth, low-latency internet connections will propel market revenue growth in this region. The demand is growing because of the rising start-up culture, which is supported by the development of SMEs and the R&D activities of large corporations. Growth in North America is driven by integrated enterprises and business solutions, which provide operations and procedures that offer significantly more flexibility and agility.
The market research report covers the analysis of key stakeholders of the market. Key companies profiled in the report include NXP Semiconductors N.V., Cisco Systems, Inc., Broadcom, Inc., Intel Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei Investment & Holding Co., Ltd.), Netgear, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., Extreme Networks, Inc., Fortinet, Inc., and Ubiquiti Inc.
Recent Strategies Deployed in Wi-Fi 6 Market
Partnerships, Collaborations and Agreements:
May-2022: NXP Semiconductors collaborated with Murata, a manufacturer and provider of electronic components and modules. Through this collaboration, both companies aim to advance the Type 1XL very high-performance Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth? 5.3 module.
Mar-2022: Cisco came into partnership with Real Madrid, a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. Under this partnership, both Real Madrid and Cisco would deploy the biggest Wi-Fi 6 stadium network in Europe. Additionally, this would make Santiago Bernab?u Stadium one of the most technologically advanced sporting venues in the world.
Jan-2022: Extreme Networks, Inc. partnered with Manchester United, a professional football club. Under this partnership, Extreme Networks would serve Club’s Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider and Wi-Fi Network Solutions Provider. The addition of Extreme Wi-Fi 6 access points aims to transform the fan experience with fast, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity and increase the Club’s ability to offer high-performance, low-latency, and secure digital services.
Product Launches and Product Expansions:
Dec-2022: NETGEAR?, Inc. rolled out NETGEAR? WAX220 WiFi 6 Access Point. The launch of dual-band WAX220 offers an easy-to-use, budget-friendly WiFi solution with the best performance.
Oct-2022: NXP Semiconductors introduced the OrangeBox, an automotive-grade development platform. The platform combines a broad range of NXP wireless technologies, including broadcast radio, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth. Moreover, the launch aims to secure car access with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) 802.11p-based V2X, and Bluetooth Low Energy.
Sep-2022: NETGEAR?, Inc. launched WAX628 and WAX638E, the two new powerful access points customized precisely for the residential custom integration market. The launched access points are grouped with four years of both NETGEAR Insight and the company’s ProSupport services.
Aug-2022: Extreme Networks, Inc. introduced Extreme AP5050: the industry’s first outdoor Wi-Fi 6E Outdoor Access Point (AP) optimized for deployment across hospitals, outdoor venues, convention centers, and university campuses, and large stadiums. The AP5050 offers improved wireless experiences, faster speeds, and decreased interference and allows large outdoor venues to operate across up to three times as much spectrum as previous generations of Wi-Fi.
May-2022: Huawei India introduced a Wi-Fi AX3 dual-core router, a router with support for Wi-Fi 6. This launch would support Wi-Fi 6 abilities and provide more combined solutions with other Huawei devices.
Feb-2022: Netgear released the Netgear Nighthawk AX1800 (EAX20) and Netgear AX6000 (EAX80), two new Mesh extenders across India. The devices support Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to provide improved connection in fields that are away from the primary router’s reach.
Jan-2022: NXP Semiconductors launched IW612, the industry’s first secure tri-radio device to support the Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, and 802.15.4 protocols. The newly launched device allows automotive and industrial use cases, seamless, secure connectivity for smart homes, and supports the latest Matter connectivity protocol.
Jan-2022: Intel launched 12th Gen Intel? Core? mobile processors with combined Wi-Fi 6/6E abilities. The launch aims to enhance its competitive edge and Intel’s position in the gaming market.
Jan-2022: Ubiquiti rolled out the new UniFi Wi-Fi 6 Pro access point combined with higher-end features including 5.3Gb/s throughput, support for 300 devices, and a dual-band radio equipped with 160MHz channels. The product is the most capable suite packed within much of a similar design.
Scope of the Study
Market Segments covered in the Report:
By Location

    • Indoor
    • Outdoor

By Offering

  • • Hardware

o Wireless Access Points
o Mesh Routers & Home Gateways
o Wireless Controllers
o System on Chip
o Others

  • • Solution
    • Services

By Application

  • • HD Video Streaming & Video Streaming
    • Immersive Technologies
    • Smart Home Devices & Telemedicine
    • IoT, Industry 4.0, Public Wi-Fi & Dense Environments
    • Others

By Vertical

  • • Education
    • Government & Public Sector
    • Travel & Hospitality
    • Healthcare & Lifesciences
    • Media & Entertainment
    • Retail & eCommerce
    • Transportation & Logistics
    • Residential
    • Manufacturing
    • Others

By Geography

  • • North America

o US
o Canada
o Mexico
o Rest of North America

  • • Europe

o Germany
o UK
o France
o Russia
o Spain
o Italy
o Rest of Europe

  • • Asia Pacific

o China
o Japan
o India
o South Korea
o Singapore
o Malaysia
o Rest of Asia Pacific

  • • LAMEA

o Brazil
o Argentina
o Saudi Arabia
o South Africa
o Nigeria
o Rest of LAMEA
Companies Profiled

  • • NXP Semiconductors N.V.
    • Cisco Systems, Inc.
    • Broadcom, Inc.
    • Intel Corporation
    • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei Investment & Holding Co., Ltd.)
    • Netgear, Inc.
    • Juniper Networks, Inc.
    • Extreme Networks, Inc.
    • Fortinet, Inc.
    • Ubiquiti Inc.

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