ZTE leads enterprise WLAN market share, ahead of Cisco in Q1 2013

ZTE leads the enterprise WLAN sector, accounting for 39 percent of access point shipments.

Cisco is in second position with 26 percent share in the enterprise WLAN sector.

HP is in the third position as it overtook the market share of Aruba Networks as of late 2012.

TP-LINK leads the SOHO/Consumer Wi-Fi equipment market with 15 percent.

In the second place is Netgear with 12 percent market share, while D-Link has 11 percent market share.

ABI Research says worldwide consumer Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) shipments surpassed 43.3 million at the end of Q1 2013, up 16.8 percent increase from Q4 2012.

“802.11n device shipments still dominate the market, accounting for more than two thirds of total device shipments; however, 802.11ac access point adoption is starting to gain traction,” said Jake Saunders, VP and practice director of forecasting.

Devices with the very latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, started to enter the market in late 2012.

According to ABI Research’s Wi-Fi Equipment Market Data, 0.2 million consumer 802.11ac Wi-Fi APs shipped in Q1 2013.

“802.11ac protocol enables speeds up to 1.3 Gbps as well as better coverage than 802.11n. ABI Research expects that 1 million of 802.11ac consumer access points will be shipped by the end of 2013,” said Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.

A new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ad (WiGig) which uses 60GHz band and delivers speeds up to 7 Gbps was approved by IEEE in early 2013. The very first 802.11ad capable products are likely to enter market around the end of the year.

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