Future Connectivity:The New Rigid Demand of the Digital Era
Ten-Year Development History and Outlook of China’s Enterprise-Level WLAN Market
Digital Transformation of Enterprises Provides a Continuous Driving Force for National Economic Growth
US$4.8trillion Global ICT market
2018 US$1.3trillion
Digital Transformation-orientedICT Expenditure
2021 US$2.1trillion
Developing the digital economy in full swing has now been incorporated into the national macroeconomy, which will have a more and more significant impact on society, economy, production and people's daily life.
  • Network Transformation is a Strategic Measure of Great Importance in the Process of Digital Transformation
    The rapid development of the digitalization process and the explosive growth of the mobile Internet industry in the past ten years clearly attest to the fact that every leap in basic ICT capability will bring a sustained positive impetus to economic and social forms.

    What behind every leap in basic ICT capability is the fundamental change in network capability.
  • WLAN and 5G Co-Exist and Complement Each Other to Promote Social Progress in the Wireless Era
    WLAN has always played an irreplaceable role in building independent production, office and service environments and realizing hierarchical network management.

    The development of 4G and 5G has brought about large numbers of mobile application scenarios and the continuously strengthening internal capacity building of various emerging enterprises to meet these application scenarios.
Review: The Course of Development of WLAN
Three Major Development Stages of WLAN
From 1999 to 2008, WLAN technology and industry grew rapidly and became an important part of LAN connectivity.
From 2009 to 2018, applications of wireless networks started to boost.
Review of WLAN Development
  • 1997
    IEEE releases
    802.11 protocol
  • 1999
    IEEE improves
    protocol content
  • Ten years of high-speed
  • 2008
  • 2009
    Wireless connection
    becomes mainstream
  • 2014
    Wireless networks used in
    production environment
  • 4G era
  • 2018
  • 1997
    IEEE releases
    802.11 protocol
  • 1999
    IEEE improves
    protocol content
  • Ten years of high-speed popularizationof WLAN
  • 2008
  • 2009
    Wireless connection
    becomes mainstream
  • 2014
    Wireless networks used in
    production environment
  • 4G era
  • 2018
Key Technologies and Innovations of WLAN
  • 802.11 Protocol Poor security hinders promotion
  • 802.11i Protocol IEEE enhances control over the wireless security field
  • China’s WAPI Protocol Making an important contribution to thedevelopment of the WLAN security system
WLAN Product Formats are in Continuous Upgrading
  • To improve the penetration and coverage of complex space and address the problem of co-frequency interference.
  • To build more stable networks with higher bandwidth. Products develop from single frequency to multi-frequency. Smart antenna technology introduced from the wide area wireless field to improve service quality.
  • To build more stable networks with higher bandwidth. Develops a number of new network architectures, including mesh networking. The application of indoor distribution systems and various APs brings better user experience.
  • Graphical wireless management interfaces, cloud AC and other operation and maintenance tools and mechanisms are developed.
Ten Years of Development of Tsinghua Unigroup’ s H3C in the WLAN Market
In 2003, H3C of Tsinghua Unigroup released its first wireless product "FAT AP WA1208E", marking its formal entry into the wireless market. In 2009, H3C claimed the top spot in China’s enterprise-level WLAN market for the first time, a milestone event in the history of the company.
History of H3C’s WLAN Technology Development
  • 2003 Releases its first wireless product, FAT AP WA1208E
  • 2007 Enters overseas market
  • 2008 Serves the Olympic Games, becomes a member of the WAPI Alliance, releases the world's first 10-Gigabit wireless controller WX6100 and China’s first enterprise-class 802.11n AP WA2600
  • 2009 Takes the top spot in China in terms of enterprise-levelWLAN marketshare
  • 2012 Implements the largest 802.11n wireless solution at Zhejiang University
  • 2013 Releases the 802.11ac (Wi-Fi5) Gigabit AP WA4620
  • 2015 Releases pioneering dual frequency AP WA4330Releases Cupid positioning, indoor coverageTerminator solution and other scenario-based innovative products and solutions Enters the IoT field and releases IoT AP WA4320i-X-R
  • 2016 Releases the Oasis Platform and establishes a Wi-Fi connection ecosystemAnnual AP shipment tops 1mn units
  • 2017 Releases One Net One OS IoT strategy
  • 2018 Firmly tops IDC’s China enterprise-level WLAN ranking list for ten consecutive years
As of 2018, H3C had topped IDC's enterprise-level WLAN market ranking list for ten consecutive years. In its ten-year development and progress, H3C has benefited from closely keeping up with the evolution route of wireless technology standards and continuously applying new technology to the product innovation process at the fastest speed. On the other hand, in the iconic eras of wireless city construction, mobile Internet and IoT, H3C has always been able to remain sensitive enough to changes in the application field, timely release reliable products that meet market expectations, and become the leader of market trends.
Present: The Status Quo of the WLAN Market
China’s share of the global WLAN market also increased from 7.9% five years ago to 13.0% in 2018, making it the second largest market in the world only after the United States. In Europe, the United States and other countries with well-developed information infrastructure, there is a higher level of acceptance of new technologies.
Industry Applications of WLAN
  • Education Promote Distance Education, Vocational Education and Support Educational resources sharing for backward regions.
  • Healthcare Connect and Reconstruct Various Links of Medical ActivitiesImprove the Efficiency of Hospital Operation and Reduce the Error Rate.
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Develop Distributed Design, Manufacturing, Assembly and Logistics Capabilities In the Internet Environment.
  • Transportation WLAN has found certain application in metro, high-speed rail, aviation, bus and other fields, and different business models have emerged.
  • Service Apply Cloud Management Platforms to Perform Integrated Management of Operation, Logistics and Settlement Processes.
  • Government-led Smart City Construction IoT has been widely used in city operation, emergency management, security supervision, environmental protection, urban management, comprehensive governance and urban security.
  • Operator Helping education, healthcare, hospitality and government sectors to complete WLAN deployment through contractual construction or operation.
Outlook: Support of WLAN for Future ApplicationScenarios
Breakthrough innovations of 5G in bandwidth, delay and power consumption will again give birth to a new round of application innovation. At the same time, the advent of IoT, together with 5G, will accelerate the process of mobility.
WLAN Becomes a New Rigid Demand of the 5G Era
  • Effectively Making up the Deficiency of Wide Area Wireless Communication
  • Fully Boosting The Mobile WaveBrought by 5G
  • Enhancing the New 5G ecosystem
WLAN is an Important Driving Force for the Development of IoT
  • Based on its research, IDC predicts that the number of IoT connections worldwide will reach 80.2 billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 20.9%. With further enhancement of WLAN compatibility and the further standardization of IoT at the communication interface level, "WLAN + IoT" will become an extremely promising application scenario in the future.
WLAN Creates New Scenarios of the Digital Economy
  • In the office scenarios In many industries, the concept of BYOD has been put forward and put into practice to achieve a free office state without time and space constraints.
  • In the field of industrial production In future enterprise production, personalized user demand can be broken down within the ubiquitous enterprise network applications.
Development Trends of WLAN
  • New standard
  • Excellent experience
  • Integrated service
  • Intelligent wireless
  • Ubiquitous wireless
  • Cloud wireless
Practice: Maturity Assessment of User Deployment of WLAN
Maturity Model for WLAN Use
IDC MaturityScape: Enterprise WLAN—Overview of Stages, Dimensions, and Sub-Dimensions
  • Ad Hoc Staying Online as The Most Basic Priority
  • Opportunistic Limited Project Relevance to Business Objectives
  • Repeatable Consistency Between Business and The Network Way of Providing Services to Customers
  • Managed Use Network to Support Innovation of New Products and Services
  • Optimized Use Network Assets to Realize Competition Differentiation, New Business Model and New Income Flow
Significance of Using the Maturity Model to Make Advancement
  • Commercial Retail Wumart Group
  • Healthcare - New Hospital Area of Beijing Xuanwu Hospital
  • Education - Zhejiang University
  • Finance & Insurance - Ping An Technology
Conclusion: WLAN Will Continue to Play anImportant Role in the Future Digital Economy
Based on this white paper's analysis and prospect of WLAN in respect of technology, market and industry, we believe that as the digital economy develops fast, WLAN will continue to promote the development and progress of various industries in the future, and that the WLAN industry will also continue to grow and become the backbone of ICT.
  • Digital Economy and Digital Transformation Are the Unchanged Goals
  • Continuous Upgrading and Progress of Technology Ensures WLAN's Core Basic Role
  • Scenario-Based Innovation is the Eternal Driving Force for the Development of the WLAN Industry
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