Consumer and enterprise WLAN market up 12.7 percent in Q2

Infotech Lead Asia: The combined consumer and enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments grew 12.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012.

Cisco’s 2Q12 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue grew 36.7 percent reaching $498 million in the quarter. The North American market accounted for 57.8 percent of Cisco’s worldwide WLAN revenue in 2Q12. Cisco’s worldwide market share now stands at 52.4 percent, up from 51.2 percent in 1Q12 and from 47.8 percent in 2Q11.

Aruba (excluding its OEM business) grew its revenues 17.5 percent year over year in 2Q12, and now holds 11.1 percent of the enterprise WLAN market.

HP’s market share declined from the 7.3 percent recorded in 2Q11 to 5.9 percent this quarter.

Aerohive, Meraki, and Ruckus all significantly outperformed the overall enterprise WLAN market.

The enterprise WLAN market grew 64.2 percent and 58.7 percent year-over-year in Japan and in Latin America.

The growth in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) was 30.2 percent. EMEA achieved this growth despite 0.5 percent dip in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece combined.

North America grew 25.4 percent year over year.

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) grew 3.1 percent as Korea, India, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia declined and China increased 2.2 percent year over year.

“The strong broad-based results in the enterprise WLAN market, especially from some key countries and regions, as well as several established and emerging vendors, indicates that enterprise mobility remains high on the priority list of many CIOs,” said Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst, Worldwide Networking Trackers Group.

Along with the increasing use of Wi-Fi by service providers to offload cellular data traffic, current market drivers in key enterprise verticals such as education will ensure the market for enterprise-class WLAN devices and solutions will see continued traction, and that the market is expected to stay vibrant for the foreseeable future.

“While the momentum with BYOD continues unabated, the market got an additional boost from the education segment buying season and that is reflected in the second quarter results,” said Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, at IDC.

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