Home gateways to boost residential networking market
Michelle Clancy
| 27 November 2014
Home networking devices are expected to bring in $13.4 billion on a global basis in 2014, 18% more than last year, according to Infonetics Research.

infonetics GatewaysThe firm found that residential gateway revenue increased 0.5%, and broadband router revenue declined 7% in the first half of the year. The residential gateway and broadband router segments will continue to move in opposite directions as operators provide more advanced Wi-Fi gateways to consumers for managed Wi-Fi service in the home, it said.

"In the more mature broadband markets of North America and Western Europe, service providers are deploying higher end gateways and set-top boxes with integrated wireless and wired technologies to distribute video to multiple devices in the home," said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. "This is crowding out purchases of retail broadband routers."

He added: "However, in emerging broadband markets, broadband routers continue to see shipment increases to add Wi-Fi to home networks."

802.11ac routers represented just 2% of all Wi-Fi-enabled routers shipped in 2013, but Infonetics expects 802.11ac to make up 42% of all Wi-Fi-enabled router shipments by 2015.