Wireless LAN market size up 1 percent in Q3 to $1.2 billion, says Infonetics

Wireless LAN market size up 1 percent in Q3 to $1.2 billion, says Infonetics

Worldwide enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment revenue rose 1 percent sequentially in the third quarter to $1.2 billion.

3Q13 marks the first full quarter in which 802.11ac products were widely available, and 3 percent of access points sold were based on this new standard.

Independent access point revenue is down 40 percent year-over-year in 3Q13, reflecting the shift toward centrally-managed WLAN.

In North America and Asia Pacific, WLAN growth slowed sharply in 3Q13; meanwhile, EMEA is doing well despite relatively weaker economic conditions.

Wireless LAN market

Cisco’s WLAN revenue share is up a half-point in 3Q13 from 2Q13, and up over 4 points from 3Q12.

After a tough couple of years, Wi-Fi phone shipments are growing again on a year-over-year basis.

“After 15 quarters of double-digit year-over-year growth, WLAN equipment growth fell below the 10 percent mark in the third quarter of 2013, due to the 802.11n transition nearing completion and 802.11ac not yet having a significant effect on the market,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

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