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UK Wi-Fi Hardware Sales Soar

Posted: 22nd May, 2006 By: MarkJ
Home based wireless networks, especially when coupled to a broadband Internet connection, are believed to be the driving force behind a soaring uptake of Wi-Fi kit:

Research from analyst firm GfK revealed that sales of wireless routers increased 108 per cent in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005.

Some 380,000 units were sold over the three-month period, worth a total of £24m. Similarly, sales of wireless cards increased by 87 per cent year on year to 525,000 units, worth £13m, in the same period.

With 70 per cent of Wi-Fi cards selling for under £25, and the average price of a wireless router down to just over £60, the affordability of establishing a wireless network at home has been an enormous lure to consumers.

The VNUNet item isn't surprising, although we can't help but wonder how many of those wireless networks have adopted proper security.
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