Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Apple Owns WiFi ...

At least according to network equipment manufacturer Merki. While the results are not unexpected, they would be more convincing from Cisco or Bluesocket - bigger, more well-known names in networking and wireless. This data is consistent with reported web traffic from mobile phones, particularly smartphones.
Apple a third of Wi-Fi use
"The first-ever census from network equipment manufacturer Meraki shows Apple's massive growth in the wireless device market. In the past year, the use of Apple devices on the company's networks has had a 221 percent increase, bolstered by new Wi-Fi devices like the iPod touch and iPhone.

While Apple held just 14 percent of the market share a year ago, the 2009 numbers show the hardware maker with 32 percent of the Wi-Fi capable devices observed. That success is undoubtedly driven by the popularity of the iPhone, which has been said to control most of the market for mobile Web use.

Year over year, the total number of Wi-Fi capable devices accessed grew significantly as well. In 2008, 149,687 total devices were seen, while a year later there were 41 percent more, hitting 211,190.

Compared to a year prior, the share of Intel devices dipped from 24 percent to 19 percent. Other hardware makers, too, lost share to Apple, with all other devices dropping from 62 percent to 49 percent. But Apple handset competitors Research in Motion and Nokia also saw their market share expand during the same frame. The BlackBerry maker controlled 8 percent of the Wi-Fi market in 2009, and Nokia took 2 percent.

'The growth in devices overall is impressive, but the growth for Apple, Nokia and RIM devices is stunning,' said Sanjit Biswas, CEO and co-founder of Meraki. 'It paints a vivid picture about how people now access the Internet, and the trends we can expect for years to come.'

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