IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker said hold on new WLAN projects due to the uncertain short-term trajectory of the global economy and market anticipation of Wave 2 802.11ac products are the reasons for the mild growth in enterprise WLAN market.
The 802.11ac standard accounts for 57 percent of dependent access point unit shipments and 72.7 percent of dependent access point revenues. Increased demand on enterprise WLANs will continue to be a driving factor in this transition, especially as new enterprise mobility use cases are adopted and IoT applications move into the mainstream.
Consumer WLAN market revenue increased 16.2 percent quarter over quarter and fell 0.4 percent year over year. The adoption of the 802.11ac standard in the consumer market has been significantly slower than in the enterprise segment. Currently the 802.11ac standard accounts for 15.3 percent of shipments and 36 percent of revenue.
The enterprise WLAN market in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) rose 14 percent. China WLAN market increased 19.8 percent. India WLAN market jumped 48.4 percent. Korea WLAN market was up 11.2 percent year over year. Australia WLAN market declined 6.2 percent and Hong Kong fell 9.5 percent, said IDC.
North America grew 4.9 percent due to spending on E-Rate funding streams in K-12 education in the US.
Fuelled by Meraki cloud-managed WLAN portfolio, Cisco’s enterprise WLAN revenue grew 3.5 percent and achieved 48 percent share in Q3 2015, down from 48.3 percent in Q3 2014, but up from 47.3 percent in Q2 2015.
HP (combining HP and Aruba but excluding its OEM business) WLAN revenue grew 11.8 percent year over year and 8.5 percent quarter over quarter. HP’s WLAN market share grew to 17.4 percent from 17.1 percent in Q2 2015 and 16.2 percent in Q3 2014.
Ruckus WLAN revenue increased 16 percent year over year and 7.6 percent quarter over quarter. Ruckus increased WLAN market share to 7.0 percent of the overall market, up from 6.3 percent in Q3 2014.
Aerohive grew 14.1 percent year over year and 13.2 percent quarter over quarter benefiting from its relatively strong position in the K-12 education vertical, which resulted in taking more than its fair share of the E-Rate spend in US.