Seems like today is Wi-Fi day here at BlackBerry Cool. While Thought is asking BlackBerry users whether or not they need a Wi-Fi BlackBerry, Cellular-News is telling us that Wi-Fi phone sales are expected to take a big jump in the next few years.
Although worldwide Wi-Fi phone revenue actually fell 8% to $5 billion in the first quarter of 2007, those crazy cats at Infonetics Research are projecting Wi-Fi will post strong double-digit growth every year through 2010, eventually hitting the magic number of $145 billion. Infonetics offers a two-pronged reason for the uptake: enterprise users want to use Wi-Fi’s corporate LAN and IP PBX capabilities, while consumers want to make use of wifeless broadband and VoIP.
Check out some Wi-Fi statistics from the report after the jump, as well as some more general wireless industry metrics.
Other Wi-Fi phone highlights from the report:
* Dual-mode WiFi/cellular phone sales are forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 31% from 2006 to 2010, driven by healthy adoption in enterprise and consumer markets
* Seamless handover FMC phones are expected to represent 35% of the dual-mode WiFi/cellular phone market by 2010, vs. 3% in 2006
* Nokia leads in dual-mode WiFi/cellular phone revenue in 2006, ahead of Sony Ericsson and Motorola
* SpectraLink (Polycom) leads in single-mode WiFi phone revenue market share, significantly ahead of Linksys and Cisco
Other mobile phone highlights from the report:
* Worldwide revenue for mobile phones is expected to total $117. 5 billion in 2010, an 18% drop from 2006
* GSM phones made up 45% of worldwide mobile phone revenue in 2006, smartphones made up 18%, and the remainder was made up by CDMA, W-CDMA, and CDMA2000 phone sales
* Worldwide revenue for the small but fast growing smartphone segment grew 10% in 1Q07 from 4Q06, driven by the wider availability of 3G, which unlocks the media application potential of smartphones beyond email
* In 2006, 20% of total mobile phone revenue came from North America, 34% from EMEA, 36% from Asia Pacific, and 10% from CALA
* The number of mobile subscribers grew 26% to 2.5 billion in 2006