Cisco leads: Indian Ethernet switch market up 29%, router grows 12% in Q2

The India Ethernet Switch market rose 29.1 percent year-on-year to $128.4 million in terms of customer revenue during Q2 2014, said IDC.

On the other hand, the Indian router market grew 12.3 percent to $68.4 million.

Cisco continues to lead the Indian switch & router market winning deals primarily in the telecom vertical.

Cisco has 62.8 percent share in the Indian switch & router market against Juniper Networks 10 percent, HP 5 percent, Huawei 3.1 percent and Alcatel-Lucent 1.9 percent.

Orders in the government sector were one of the growth drivers.

IDC is expecting further growth in the coming quarters as well.

Large to midsized deals were also visible in the government vertical. SMB segment also witnessed deals in various verticals specially the tier II & tier III banks. Manufacturing, utility and banking were the fastest growing verticals in Q2 and are expected to continue with their spending pattern in the coming quarters as well.

Indian Ethernet switch and router market in Q2 2014 by IDC

WLAN market

The WLAN market in India increased 23.9 percent during Q2 2014 to $38.5 million. Industry verticals such as education, banking and hospitality were the key growth drivers.

IDC said WLAN market is witnessing multiple deals from the growing SMB segment as well.

DLink has 28.3 percent share in the Indian WLAN market against Cisco 21 percent, TPLink 9.9 percent, SmartLink 7.6 percent and Netgear 7.2 percent.

Suman Bisht, Market Analyst – Enterprise Networking, IDC, said: “The WLAN market is growing due to  the enterprises, large or small and campuses that are all investing in the wireless infrastructure as a primary option.”

“Q2 2014 was the quarter of telecoms, with huge investments to build their backhaul for expansions as well as new network build-outs. SDN is also gaining traction through innovations and aggressive initiatives by the vendors to strengthen their position,” Bisht added.

Indian WLAN market chart by IDC for Q2 2014

Government’s initiatives to improve the financial inclusion, reduce the digital divide and build Smart Cities, are expected to contribute largely to the networking market in the near future.

For the telecoms’ investment, competition, brand relocation, customer loyalty, and Government support will be the driving forces.

SMBs are expected to continue investing in the networking market due to changes in technology coupled with their expansion goals. Hotspots solutions, traffic offloading, mobility, cloud computing, Big Data & Analytics, social media, and BYOD would be the drivers that will drift the networking market in the foreseeable future.

Ambika M
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