Steady WLAN market gains seen; Cisco, HP lead in enterprise, outdoor wireless

Dell’Oro Group reports that the Wireless LAN (WLAN) market expanded 13% in the second quarter of 2013, versus the same period from a year ago.

A recently published report by networking and telecommunications industries analyst Dell’Oro Group reveals the Wireless LAN (WLAN) market to have expanded 13 percent in the second quarter 2013, versus the same period from a year ago. For the second quarter in a row, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems gained the most revenue share in the report's combined enterprise and outdoor wireless LAN segments.

“Similar to recent quarters, two end-markets drove the enterprise-class WLAN market more rapidly than others: service providers and small and medium businesses," explains Chris DePuy, vice president of Wireless LAN research at Dell’Oro Group. "Vendors have responded to this growth by developing new, specially-designed products that are shaping the WLAN infrastructure market."

“For service providers, vendors have developed high-capacity controllers, for instance," continues DePuy. "And now cloud-managed services, controller-less access points, and highly-affordable downloadable or embedded controller software systems have entered the marketplace to serve the needs of these unique customer segments.”

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According to the research, in the second quarter, vendors in the report's combined Enterprise-Class and Outdoor Mesh Nodes categories that increased revenue share the most versus the prior quarter on a percentage point basis were Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Aruba Networks. In the Service Provider WiFi market, three vendors achieved double-digit unit share in the second quarter, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Ruckus Wireless.

Dell’Oro Group's Wireless LAN Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the Service Provider, Enterprise, and SOHO markets with tables containing manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and unit shipments by the following wireless standards: 802.11g, 802.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac. To purchase the report, contact Julie Learmond-Criqui, call +1.650.622.9400 x244 or email

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