India networking market – including Ethernet switch, routers and WLAN segments – achieved 5.2 percent growth in Q4 2017, IDC said.
Ethernet Switch market
Ethernet Switch market dropped 9.5 percent to $118.7 million due to reduced spending across organizations. Professional services, banking, telecom, government and education have made investments in Ethernet switches. Various digital initiatives by the government would trigger additional investments in the coming quarters.
Cisco retained its top position in the Ethernet Switch market at 54.2 percent in Q4 2017. HPE and Juniper posted double-digit growth. Nokia and Arista achieved strong growth.
The router market in India reached $98.7 million in Q4 2017. The service provider segments made investments in 4G deployments and VoLTE and the regular refreshes to upgrade the network infrastructure. The government initiative to provide Internet to the rural areas will be a driving force for the router market.
Cisco leads the router market with 65.4 percent share in Q4 2017. Nokia is the number two router company in India.
India WLAN market fell 8.9 percent to $42.1 million. Government, education, professional services are the main verticals that made WLAN deployments. Smart city initiatives by the government to deploy Wi-Fi solutions will have a positive impact on the WLAN market in India.
D-Link leads the WLAN market with 21 percent share followed by TP-link and Cisco.
Adoption of SD-WAN, which is slowly gaining traction, will be an integral part of the enterprise network strategy across organizations.
“Benefits such as optimization of application traffic and reduction in network operational cost by offloading traffic from MPLS to cheaper Internet medium are pushing organizations to consider SD-WAN deployments,” Dileep Nadimpalli, associate research manager, IDC India, said.