Cisco WLAN market share drops again in 2017: IDC

WLAN market Q4 2017
The enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market revenue rose 6.5 percent to $1.5 billion in Q4 2017 and grew 5.7 percent to $5.7 billion in 2017.

The combined enterprise and consumer markets fell 0.3 percent in Q4 and rose 0.2 percent in 2017, indicating the market for consumer-grade WLAN remains weak.

Consumer WLAN market revenue fell 9.8 percent to $916 million in Q4 and decreased 7.3 percent to $3.65 billion in 2017.

“Latin America and Asia/Pacific are setting the pace for growth in the WLAN market as those regions continue to upgrade to 802.11ac infrastructures with individual countries in the regions at different stages of technology maturity,” said Petr Jirovsky, research manager, Worldwide Networking Trackers.

Cisco’s enterprise WLAN revenues fell 2.9 percent sequentially and grew 5.1 percent to $646.8 million in Q4. Cisco revenue from WLAN rose 4.8 percent in 2017 to $2.49 billion. Cisco has a WLAN market share of 43.6 percent against 44 percent in 2016.

HPE-Aruba revenue fell 5.3 percent quarter over quarter in Q4 and rose 1.2 percent from the same quarter in 2016 to $193 million. HPE-Aruba revenues rose 8.8 percent to $852 million, for 14.9 percent market share.

ARRIS/Ruckus remains the number three company in terms of market share and continues to be a significant player in the market. WLAN revenues of ARRIS/Ruckus rose 3 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter and grew 24.4 percent to $90.5 million. ARRIS/Ruckus WLAN revenues fell 5.3 percent to $334 million for 5.9 percent market share.

Ubiquiti recorded strong growth, with revenues increasing 7.3 percent sequentially and 16.8 percent year over year to $85.1 million. For the full year, revenues rose 30.9 percent to $318 million, representing 5.6 percent market share.

Huawei WLAN revenue rose 28.6 percent from the third quarter and up 9.5 percent from the quarter a year earlier to $96 million. Huawei WLAN revenue rose 45 percent in 2017 to $283 million, giving the company 5.0 percent market share.

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