IDC shared the enterprise WLAN market share report for Q1 2015. Cisco and HP dipped, while Aruba and Ruckus gained – in terms of market share.
The enterprise WLAN market share of Cisco fell to 47.8 percent in Q1 2015 from 48 percent in Q1 2014. Meraki cloud-managed WLAN portfolio remains one of the primary growth drivers for Cisco. Cisco WLAN revenue rose 2.4 percent year-on-year, but fell 16 percent quarter over quarter.
The enterprise WLAN market share of Aruba increased to 14 percent from 11.8 percent in Q4 2014 and 12 percent in Q1 2014. Aruba revenue increased 20.1 percent year over year and 0.8 percent sequentially.
Ruckus’ WLAN market share increased to 6.9 percent from 6.6 percent. Its WLAN revenue rose 7.2 percent year over year, while dropping 5 percent quarter over quarter.
HP Networking revenue declined 15.5 percent year over year and 28.2 percent sequentially in the first quarter of 2015. Customer uncertainty around HP WLAN given the Aruba acquisition may be playing into this decline. HP’s market share stands at 3.6 percent compared to 4.4 percent.
IDC said the combined consumer and enterprise WLAN market segments increased 0.6 percent.
The enterprise WLAN market growth rate fell to the lowest growth level due to the confluence of two factors: education revenues in the US that are likely delayed due to the pending release of E-rate funding for K-12 public schools and general softness in the public sector and in Asia/Pacific during the first quarter of the year.
IDC expects 802.11ac to become the predominant standard worldwide, both in terms of shipments and revenues, by 2016. Increased demand on enterprise WLANs continues to be a driving factor in this transition.
The consumer WLAN market decreased 2 percent. The ongoing transition from the older 802.11n standard to the newer and faster 802.11ac standard has been the driver for this segment. Consumer 802.11ac WLAN revenues grew 143, increased 2.1 percent sequentially. Consumer class 802.11n revenues fell 21.7 percent year-over-year and dipped 14.9 percent quarter-over-quarter.
“From education to healthcare to large enterprise, the increasing preference for wireless network access will continue to be seen, especially as emerging Wave 2 802.11ac will enable more applications to move to wireless,” said Nolan Greene, research analyst, Network Infrastructure, at IDC.