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2.6 Billion Wi-Fi Consumer Devices by 2014

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The global market will see an installed base of over 2.6 billion Wi Fi enabled consumer devices by 2014, according to a report published by Strategy Analytics. The report predicts the retail value of the market will exceed $250 billion in the same year.

"Consumer demand for the 'everywhere web' will drive Wi-Fi adoption in mobile Internet devices," according to Peter King, Director of the Connected Home Device service at Strategy Analytics. "Even where 3G or 4G technologies are available, Wi-Fi will still be a preferred access route for many, as hot-spots and home networks proliferate."

The embedded Wi-Fi device market - until now dominated by computing and gaming - will become much more evenly spread by 2014, according to the report.

"While today the market is dominated by portable products, Wi-Fi Networked TV & Blu-ray players will become significant products in the family room by 2014," added King.

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