The wireless local area network (WLAN) market – including consumer and enterprise — fell 0.5 percent to $2.45 billion in Q3 2017, according to IDC.
The IDC report on WLAN said the global enterprise WLAN market revenue increased 2.8 percent to $1.49 billion, representing the lowest annual market increase in more than two years and a significant growth deceleration compared to 9.4 percent growth in Q2 2017.
Consumer WLAN market revenue fell 5.2 percent. This was the fifth consecutive decline on a year-over-year basis for the consumer class WLAN market.
IDC said the continuing 802.11ac standard-based upgrades that are part of the digital transformation (DX) of the enterprise will regain steam in the upcoming quarters.
“Even with the advent of other emerging wireless technologies, WLAN is a foundational connectivity technology, a critical enabler of end-to-end digital transformation and Edge IT and IoT strategies as wireless applications and services continue to unlock new business outcomes,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC.
Cisco has achieved 5.3 percent increase in its enterprise WLAN revenue.
Cisco has also increased its WLAN market share to 44.7 percent in Q3 2017 against 43.2 percent in Q2 2017 and 43.7 percent in Q3 2016.
HPE-Aruba’s WLAN business revenue fell 1.7 percent year over year and 19.9 percent sequentially, as a number of deals got delayed to next quarter. HPE-Aruba’s WLAN market share fell to 13.7 percent in Q3 2017 from 14.3 percent in Q3 2016.
The WLAN revenue of Brocade-Ruckus fell 9.7 percent year over year, while achieving 3.2 percent quarter on quarter growth. Brocade-Ruckus accounted for 5.9 percent of the overall market against 5.8 percent in Q2 2017 and 6.7 percent in Q3 2016.
Ubiquiti’s WLAN revenue increased 28.1 percent, accounting for 5.3 percent of the overall market against 4.3 percent in Q3 2016.
WLAN revenue of Huawei rose 20.1 percent year over year and 11.9 percent quarter on quarter, accounting for 5 percent against 4.3 percent in Q3 2016.