Wi-Fi chipset market to be worth over $34.5bn by 2033

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A new report from Fundamental Business Insights suggests that the wi-fi chipset market size was worth $21bn in 2023 and is expected to reach $34.5bn by 2033, with a CAGR of more than 4.4% over the forecast period.

The increasing use of smartphones, laptops, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smart home appliances, and other connected devices are helping to drive demand for Wi-Fi chipsets and are increasing the need for dependable and fast wireless communication.

The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) has led to an increase in the requirement for Wi-Fi chipsets in a wide range of applications, including wearable technology, smart appliances, industrial automation and medical devices.

With internet connectivity also spreading throughout developing countries, the need for low-cost Wi-Fi-capable devices has increased, driving the growth of the Wi-Fi chipset market.

As more people moved towards automated and networked homes, there is also an increasing need for Wi-Fi-enabled devices and the chipsets that power them.

‘Smart home devices’ encompass a wide range of products, such as thermostats, door locks, security cameras, lighting controls, and smart speakers. So that these devices can talk to user interfaces such as tablets and smartphones, they need to be connected to Wi-Fi. Consequently, customers' interest in home automation and the ease of remotely or via voice commands controlling numerous parts of their houses has increased demand for smart home devices.

However, Wi-Fi signals can be intercepted by unauthorised individuals in an attempt to obtain private information being transferred between devices and access points and this could lead to security lapses and unauthorised access to confidential or sensitive data.

Due to the lack of encryption and authentication, users connecting to unprotected public Wi-Fi networks face the risk of encountering several threats. Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks and malicious hotspot creation are two ways that attackers are looking to intercept data.

The IEEE 802.11ax segment accounted for the largest market share over the forecast period 2024 to 2033. Wi-Fi 6 offers a number of technical enhancements over its predecessors, including Basic Service Set (BSS) Colouring to reduce interference in crowded places and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) for more efficient data delivery.

With its theoretical data rates surpassing those of previous standards, Wi-Fi 6 is suitable for online gaming and other activities requiring high-speed connectivity. According to Fundamental Business Insights, Wi-Fi 6 may have an influence on enterprise networks and IoT installations. Given that it provides more dependable and efficient connectivity for a range of devices, it is suitable for businesses and Internet of Things applications.

The dual segment's Wi-Fi chipset market value is expected to exceed $28.75bn by 2033. The advantages of these dual-band chipsets include improved performance, less interference, and device interoperability. Dual-band chipsets enable devices to operate on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The interference from other networks and other electrical devices that might be using the same frequency is reduced by this adaptability. Many older gadgets only support the 2.4 GHz frequency. Due to dual-band networks, these devices can connect even in environments where more recent technology primarily uses the 5 GHz range.

It is anticipated that by the end of 2033, the SU-MIMO segment will be worth $575mn. The need for higher data rates and faster connectivity is still driving SU-MIMO implementation. Customers that engage in data-intensive activities like streaming 4K videos, playing online games, and working from home continue to have a high demand for fast Wi-Fi connections. The growing number of Wi-Fi-capable devices per user or household is one of the primary forces behind SU-MIMO's growth. On an individual basis, SU-MIMO can help satisfy the needs of different devices for high-speed connections.

The market for connected home devices segment is expected to grow at a rate of more than 5.5% CAGR from 2024 to 2033. As the concept of smart homes has acquired a lot of traction, consumers are embracing an increasing variety of smart gadgets for convenience, energy management, entertainment, and security.  Voice assistants, security cameras, smart appliances, smart thermostats, smart lighting, smart door locks, and many other products are included in the market for connected home devices. Most of these smart home devices use Wi-Fi connectivity to connect to a home network and the internet.

In terms of a regional breakdown, the Wi-Fi chipset market in North America reached a valuation of $4.73bn in 2023. North America has a well-established and very competitive Wi-Fi chipset industry. The demand for Wi-Fi-capable gadgets, which include everything from laptops and smartphones to smart home appliances and Internet of Things devices, has propelled the growth of the Wi-Fi chipset market.

Asia Pacific will witness the fastest market growth between 2024 to 2033, according to the report. The Asia Pacific area has been a major driver of the global Wi-Fi chipset business because of its large population, increasing urbanisation, and growing middle class.

The demand from consumers for smartphones, laptops, smart home appliances, and Internet of Things devices has expanded the market for Wi-Fi chipsets.