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The market for wireless LAN on a global scale is at an all-time high, with the last quarter of 2011 showing that corporate spending hit $893 million.

That is according to data supplied by the Infonetics Research company.

The findings have shown that companies of all sizes, particularly in the SME business arena, are pushing through infrastructure upgrades at a faster pace than ever before. There are no limits to where these upgrades are either, with spending being directed in all areas.

One area that has seen significant UK growth is wireless SIP Trunking, as companies look to move dispersed and expensive traditional networks, over to a more cost effective and centralised solutions.

The rapid pace such updates are taking place at is a split between a proactive response to the fast moving world of technology, and a reaction, as society as a whole moves to wireless devices.

Separate research, conducted by Strategy Analytics, has shown that 73% of the UK’s residential households now have Wi-Fi. This outstrips the global average threefold, with just 25% private homes having it across the globe.

It also puts Britain second only to South Korea, who enjoy the highest level of household Wi-Fi with an 80% uptake.

With just 61%, the US is left trailing behind many other countries such as Germany and France. That they fall behind near neighbours Canada by 6.8% will also surely rile some Stateside.

They do enjoy the second highest number of Wi-Fi households though, with China topping that particular list, largely due to their respective population sizes.

For businesses though, it is clear the world is moving forward as one, with all regions seeing a 20% rise in demand for wireless connectivity.

All providers of WLAN equipment benefited, though market leaders Cisco maintained their position despite increased pressure from several sectors.

Callum Byrnes