The rapid rise of wireless networks in the home is driving corporate use as employees push for the technology in the workplace.
Increased broadband penetration is also pushing up the installation of home networks, a trend now being experienced in the US and Asia Pacific region.
Research firm In-Stat/MDR predicted that by the end of this year some 4.5 million home networks will be in place in western Europe, almost 60 per cent up on 2002, and the figure will rise to 15 million by the end of 2007.
Keith Humphreys, managing consultant at EuroLAN Research, said: "There have been a lot of redundancies in the UK with people setting up their own companies and demanding home networking.
"[Home users] are less cautious than the corporates about adopting wireless technology where standards are emerging."
Bal Phull, UK marketing and communications manager at networking vendor D-Link, agreed that the increase in home wireless networks is driving its use in the corporate market.
"Lots of business people use wireless networking to work from home and they can give the technology a positive push up the food chain as they have considerable influence at their business workplace," he said.
Patrick Lo, chief executive of networking supplier NetGear, added: "I believe small businesses and home users are realising the power of broadband in the US and that will happen in Europe in the next 18 months.
"Business has changed significantly as people have realised the power of the internet."
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