Opportunities and Challenges for Short-Range Wireless in 2019

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By Andrew Zignani | 1Q 2019 | IN-5365


A Look Ahead to 2019


The year 2018 was another landmark one for the wireless industry, with strong growth across a number of different Short-Range Wireless (SRW) technologies. ABI Research expects this growth to continue over the next 12 months, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 802.15.4, Near-Field Communication (NFC), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and other chipsets expected to reach well above 7 billion combined annual shipments in 2019. This growth will be primarily driven by ramp up and maturity across a number of vertical markets, in addition to new enhancements and protocols that will help drive innovation and increased competition in the connectivity arena. 

What Is Next for SRW?


  • Bluetooth Mesh to Build Traction: In July 2018, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that 65 mesh networking-capable products were qualified by silicon, stack, component, and end-device vendors. Looking in more detail at the products themselves, the vast majority are made up of profile and model stacks from leading B…

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