Next-Generation WLAN for Campus Networking: Market Opportunities, Challenges, and Business Models

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Publish Date: 01 Aug 2023
Code: AN-5849
Research Type: Research Report
Pages: 81
Next-Generation WLAN for Campus Networking: Market Opportunities, Challenges, and Business Models
Actionable Benefits

Actionable Benefits

  • Identify the opportunities and challenges that the latest Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) innovations will present for campus networking.
  • Gain comprehensive understanding of the competitive position of all WLAN equipment vendors supplying campuses.
  • Provision for the future of WLAN with foresight on long-term developments, including Wi-Fi 8 and the Integrated Millimeter Wave (IMMW) Study Group.
  • Gear up for standard power 6 GHz with projections for regulatory approval timelines worldwide, examination of competing approaches to the technology, and discussion of the key opportunities that will be unlocked.
  • Understand how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be leveraged within WLAN to address specific business problems for campuses.
  • Grasp the advantages of disadvantages of different network architectures for WLAN on campuses.
  • Strategize for the successful implementation of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) within campuses, and how to use this new service model to optimize operations and the generation of additional revenue.
  • Determine whether your organization stands to gain from open-source architectures over proprietary approaches.
  • Pinpoint the compelling use cases for Wi-Fi HaLow within campuses.
  • Formulate strategies for 60 Gigahertz (GHz) WLAN with analysis of key campus applications for the technology and insight into the future path of development for 60 GHz within a WLAN.
  • Ensure WLAN product development is aligned with campus customer needs by referring to analysis of the most in-demand features.
  • Clarify the Power over Ethernet (PoE) requirements for delivering the latest WLAN enhancements, and updating PoE switch portfolio accordingly.
  • Devise strategies for the 5G/WLAN convergence with recommendations for how to tap lucrative convergence opportunities on campuses.
  • Adopt the latest sustainability best practices for WLAN on campuses with an overview of current industry efforts and judgment as to which are the most effective.
Critical Questions Answered

Critical Questions Answered

  • What is the competitive positioning of each of WLAN equipment vendor supplying campuses?
  • How can the latest WLAN innovations be leveraged to address new campus use cases?
  • When will standard power 6 GHz transmissions be permitted globally, and how will authorization impact campus networks?
  • In which ways will AI impact the WLAN market?
  • How can innovative network architectures enable improved WLAN performance on campuses?
  • To what extent has NaaS transformed campus networks, and where are the most lucrative opportunities for the business model?
  • Could OpenWiFi bring significant disruption to the WLAN ecosystem?
  • Does Wi-Fi HaLow have a role to play within campus networking?
  • Are there additional opportunities for 60 GHz WLAN within campuses that remain untapped?
  • Which new capabilities of WLAN are most in demand from campus networks today, and which features will become increasingly sought after going forward?
  • Why will existing PoE capacities on campuses be insufficient to support the latest WLAN innovations, and how should the industry respond?
  • What are the new campus opportunities that 5G/WLAN convergence will help unlock, and how can your organization exploit them?
  • Is sustainability a major concern for campus operators, and which WLAN innovations are helping to deliver sustainable networking for campus customers?
Research Highlights

Research Highlights

  • Assessment of the competitive positioning of all major WLAN equipment vendors for campuses.
  • In-depth analysis of how the latest WLAN innovations—from Wi-Fi 7 and 6 GHz to AI and NaaS—will improve WLAN performance and generate new opportunities in campus networking.
  • Update on the global progress on standard power 6 GHz certification.
  • Identification of specific AI applications that will generate the most benefits for WLAN networking.
  • Overview of the rate of migration to the cloud by vertical, and examination of different network architectures for campuses.
  • Breakdown by vertical of NaaS adoption on campuses, and analysis of key NaaS opportunities and challenges.
  • Exploration of open-source approaches to WLAN and their prospect for disrupting the ecosystem.
  • Analysis of potential applications and revenue opportunities for Wi-Fi HaLow within campuses.
  • Guidance for how to extract the maximum potential from 60 GHz WLAN on campuses.
  • Detailed exploration into which WLAN capabilities are most in demand in campus networking.
  • Insight into how evolving PoE requirements will be necessary for delivering the latest WLAN features.
  • Granularity into the PoE switch upgrades required to support the latest WLAN technology upgrades.
  • Strategic recommendations for how to exploit campus opportunities from the 5G/WLAN convergence, and advice on how to address challenges that the coexistence poses.
  • Direction for sustainability best practices in WLAN networking for campuses.
Who Should Read This?

Who Should Read This?

  • Product managers and decision makers of WLAN infrastructure vendors seeking guidance on how to respond to the latest industry trends.
  • Business development and marketing professionals at WLAN infrastructure vendors who need support in identifying target markets and go-to-market strategies.
  • Managers or engineers within campus system integrators who need to understand the latest industry developments and/or identify potential technology partners.
  • Enterprises operating campus networks that wish to learn how the latest WLAN innovations can support their business, and want to gain insight into the competitive landscape of vendors serving their industry.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Network Architectures for Campus Networks

Attributes of a Campus
Network Architecture
Campus Requirements and WLAN

Vendor Ecosystem

Market Dynamics
All-Round Vendors
Vertical-Focused Vendors
Technology Specialist Vendors
SMB Targeted Vendors
Capability Expansion Strategies
Market Positioning Strategies

Opportunities for Next-Generation WLAN in Campus Networks?

Wi-Fi 7 and 6 GHz
Automated Frequency Coordination
Artificial Intelligence
Migration to the Cloud
Open-Source Architectures
IoT WLAN Integration
60 GHz Wi-Fi
Multifunction Radios
PoE Access Switches
WLAN/5G Convergence
Reducing Energy Consumption

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