Cisco retains Ethernet Switch and Router leadership in India, but down in WLAN

With 70.6 percent share, Cisco retained the leadership in Ethernet Switch and Router market in India in Q3 2014, said IDC in its latest report.

Major deals from communication and media vertical aided by orders from existing users and clientele were some of the main reasons for this growth, the report said.

In the WLAN segment for the same quarter, Cisco is second to D-Link as in the previous quarter. However, the market share of Cisco is down by 2.6 percent during the quarter- from 21.3 percent in Q2 2014 to 18.7 in Q3 2014. D-Link improved market share by 8.8 percent- from 28.3 percent in Q2 2014 to  36.6 percent in Q3 2014 .

The Ethernet market Switch market  stood at USD 131.2 Million (in terms of end-user revenue) and demonstrated a growth of 2.1 percent quarter-on-quarter and 18.7 percent year-on-year.

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The router market, on the same lines, witnessed increase from previous quarter by 11.9 percent and stood at  USD 76.5 Million, a 31.9 percent growth year-on-year.

The growth of these markets is mainly attributed to the constant demand build-up from different verticals in Q3 2014.

The WLAN market in India grew 12.3 percent quarter-on-quarter and  25.4 percent year-on-year during Q3 2014, according to IDC.  The market registered USD 43.2 Million as end-user revenue.

Education, Professional Services and Communication & Media verticals topped the list in contributing to the India WLAN market during Q3 2014.

SMBs continue to spend on the same lines as their large counterparts on their expansion plans combined with mobility and productivity requirements for their teams and will continue with the same trend in the coming quarters as well, the report predicts.

WLAN market in India is being driven by the traditional contributors such as the large enterprises and education campuses. However, with the recent announcement to have 25 hotspot enabled citiesby June 2015, the WLAN revenues are expected to touch the roof during the coming quarters.

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On LAN side, the market is increasingly getting defined by the telco deals for 3G and LTE backhauls and expansions.Government investments are also expected in the light of various announcements and requirements, IDC said.

IDC expects the network market in coming quarters to grow with an exception of Q4 2014 that might be subdued due to seasonal slowdown, a trend witnessed in thepast few years.

WLAN market is also expected to grow owing to traffic offload and hotspot requirements in 2015.

Communication and Media, utilities, manufacturing are some of the verticals in addition to Education, healthcare and hospitality; where demand is expected in the coming quarters, IDC said.  

Rajani Baburajan

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