Aruba Networks predicts 2014 will be the year that widespread adoption of real time voice and video communication over Wi-Fi will replace fixed line and cellular phones.

A/NZ managing director, Steve Coad, said the transition will happen because technology is now available to provide the quality of service over Wi-Fi needed to support business grade communication.

Another benefit Coad expects businesses to pick up on is the potential savings.

"As well as the savings in telephony charges within the enterprise umbrella, which can include teleworkers, other federated enterprises, and even consumers using Skype, there are significant savings in network rightsizing, and in capital with BYOD continuing to rise," he said.

Growing Wi-Fi need

Looking at 2014, Coad said the focus for Aruba Networks will remain top tier and medium sized businesses in Australia, particularly those looking to implement high performance, enterprise grade networks.

"We also anticipate more opportunity for public facing Wi-Fi as Australia aligns itself with other countries that do this so well," he said.

The momentum that Coad has seen for the 802.11ac wireless specification in the last few months has also been encouraging.

"We have seen strong interest from local organisations, including higher education, which are making the move to upgrade ahead of their competitors, and seeing immediate benefits from doing so," he said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.