Report: Wireless LAN equipment sales hit new peak

Dec. 9, 2011
Infonetics Research says wireless LAN equipment sales hit new high in 3Q11.

Market research firm Infonetics Research (Boston, MA) has released excerpts from its third quarter (3Q11) Wireless LAN Equipment and WiFi Phones market share and forecast report. "The wireless LAN equipment market is growing unabated, driven by broad-based demand for wireless network connectivity," contends Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

"There was a brief pause in the market at the height of the recession, but sales quickly recovered, and are doing much better than many other equipment markets," Machowinski added.

The report analyzes the market for access points, WLAN controllers, and WiFi phones and the vendors who make them. Wireless LAN market highlights, according to the report, include the following:

-- Worldwide WLAN equipment revenue grew 10% sequentially in 3Q11, to $881 million, eclipsing the previous high set in 2Q11.

-- Cisco's WLAN equipment revenue share (excluding WiFi phones) held steady at 48% share in 3Q11.

-- Aruba, the top-ranked WLAN specialist and number-two player in the WLAN equipment market, increased its revenue market share by 1 point in 3Q11.

-- HP and Motorola continue their heated battle for third position, with HP edging ahead by a bit in 3Q11.

-- Total annual access point (AP) shipments have more than doubled over the last 5 years, and 802.11n AP shipments are now out-shipping legacy APs by a 2:1 margin.

-- The number of enterprise single-mode WiFi phones sold worldwide grew 13% sequentially in 3Q11.

"Mostly immune to economic concerns, 2011 wireless LAN gear is on track to grow 21% to $3.2 billion, a near-repeat performance of 2010," concluded Machowinski.

Companies tracked in Infonetics' quarterly wireless LAN and WiFi phones report include Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, BelAir, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Enterasys, Extreme, Juniper, Meru, Motorola, NETGEAR, Polycom, HP, Proxim, Ruckus , SMC, Xirrus, and others. The report provides market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts for interactive, independent, and outdoor access points (including AP forecasts by technology: 802.11 a/b/g, 802.11n, 802.11ac), WLAN controllers, and enterprise single-mode WiFi phones.

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