Shipments of Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) surged 16.8% quarter-to-quarter in 1Q 2013, surpassing the 43.3 million mark. Shipments of 802.11n devices continue to dominate, making up over 2/3 of the total, though 802.11ac access points (APs) are “starting to gain traction,” according to the latest market data from ABI Research.

Introduced in 4Q 2012, 0.2 million of the new standard consumer 802.11ac AP units shipped in 1Q this year, according to ABI’s Wi-Fi Equipment market data service. The market research firm expects 1 million will be shipped by the end of 2013.

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol enables wireless download speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps and better coverage than its predecessor, 802.11n, ABI notes.

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TP-Link leads the SOHO/Consumer Wi-Fi equipment market with a 15% share, followed by NetGear and D-Link, with 12% and 11% market shares, respectively. ZTE leads the enterprise segment of the market with a 39% share, followed by Cisco with 26% and HP, which overtook Aruba Networks late last year, ABI reported.

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