Enterprise WLAN market up 13% in Q3, Cisco leads

The combined consumer and enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments grew 13.7 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2013, said IDC.

IDC says the enterprise segment rose 12.8 percent, while the consumer WLAN market grew at 14.6 percent. The growth in the consumer WLAN space appears to be accelerating due to strong growth in the emerging markets.

Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, at IDC, said the growing mobility needs of education, retail, and healthcare, among other verticals, along with the expected rise in 802.11ac uptake will lead to continued growth in the enterprise WLAN market.

Enterprise WLAN market performed well in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) with 31.4 percent growth. In both Western Europe and Central & Eastern Europe, it increased in excess of 20.0 percent. Japan and Latin America grew 14.3 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively. North America and the Middle East & Africa regions had growth in the mid to high single digit range.

Enterprise WLAN market Cisco leads

Cisco’s enterprise WLAN revenue grew 16.8 percent to $593.1 million with contributions across all major regions. Cisco’s worldwide market share stands at 51.9 percent in 3Q13, up from 51.6 percent in 2Q13 and 50.1 percent in 3Q12.

Aruba (excluding its OEM business) enterprise revenue declined 4.0 percent. Aruba’s market share now stands at 9.5 percent of the enterprise WLAN market and is below 10 percent for the first time since 4Q10.

HP enterprise WLAN revenue rose 5.5 percent. HP was able to keep its number 3 spot in the market, behind Cisco and Aruba, and just ahead of Ruckus.

Ruckus grew 21.2 percent and now accounts for 5.6 percent of the overall market.

Meanwhile, Dell’Oro Group said that the Enterprise Edge market reached almost $3.8 billion in the third quarter of 2013, up 14 percent.

Chris DePuy, vice president of Enterprise Edge research at Dell’Oro Group, said that the industry sees evidence that 802.11ac pricing is relatively closer to 802.11n than the 802.11n to 802.11a/g price premium that occurred during the last major upgrade cycle.

In addition, several network equipment vendors launched or plan to launch converged Ethernet switch products that incorporate wireless controller capabilities in an attempt to both simplify network operations and increase the likelihood of customer loyalty.  Introduction of converged products and the new wireless upgrade has caused acceleration in the Enterprise Edge market.

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