The consumer and enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market grew 2.5 percent to $2.37 billion in Q2 2017 – fuelled by demand for the 802.11ac standard for the digital transformation, said IDC.
The enterprise segment grew 9.4 percent to $1.48 billion. Consumer WLAN market revenue decreased 7.2 percent to $892.3 million.
The 802.11ac standard accounts for 84.5 percent of dependent access point unit shipments and 92.1 percent of dependent access point revenues, up from 70.9 percent and 84.7 percent in Q1.
“WLAN is a critical enabler of end-to-end digital transformation strategies as wireless applications and devices continue to unlock new digital and business outcomes,” said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC.
Cisco’s enterprise WLAN revenue increased 8.2 percent year over year in 2Q17. Cisco’s worldwide market share came in at 43.2 percent in 2Q17, down from 43.4 percent in 1Q17, and 43.7 percent in 2Q16.
HPE-Aruba (excluding its OEM business and excluding H3C as of 2Q16) increased 28.8 percent year over year in 2Q17. HPE-Aruba’s market share stands at 17.2 percent in 2Q17, up from 16.2 percent in 1Q17 and 14.6 percent in 2Q17.
Brocade-Ruckus declined 7.4 percent year over year in 2Q17, while growing 19.5 percent sequentially. Brocade-Ruckus accounted for 5.8 percent of the overall market in 2Q17, up from 5.7 percent in 1Q17 and down from 6.8 percent in 2Q16.
Ubiquiti recorded another quarter of strong growth in 2Q17, increasing 37.1 percent year over year. Ubiquiti accounted for 5.3 percent of the overall market in 2Q17, down from 6.1 percent in 1Q17 and 4.2 percent in 2Q16.
Huawei experienced very strong growth in 2Q17, increasing 111.6 percent, while claiming 4.5 percent market share, up from 2.3 percent in 2Q16.