IDC said India networking market including Ethernet switch, routers and WLAN achieved 15.8 percent growth in Q3 2017 due to increased spending from both enterprise and service providers segments.
Ethernet Switch Market
The Indian Ethernet Switch market achieved 18.4 percent growth to reach $119 million in vendor revenue — driven by telecommunications, banking, professional services and government.
Cisco Systems continued its dominance in the Ethernet Switch market due to spending from telecommunications and banking verticals, followed by HPE and D-Link. Vendors such as Arista and Nokia achieved triple-digit growth in Q3 2017.
India Router Market
India Router market achieved 30.6 percent growth and stood at $89.4 million – driven by telecommunications, professional services and government.
Majority of the growth came from high-end router segment due to increased spending from service providers on 4G and VoLTE. Other than spending from the telecommunications sector, government initiatives around BharatNet and State datacenter refresh projects would also contribute to further investments in India.
Cisco continued to lead the router market due to significant uptake from telecommunication players. Nokia emerged as the second-best vendor due to couple of multimillion dollars deals in telecommunication vertical.
India WLAN Market
India WLAN market fell 8.9 percent to $46.9 million primarily due to drop in spending by consumer and service providers segment. Enterprise WLAN grew 12.9 percent.
Smart city initiatives and Wi-Fi hotspots in central universities are big ticket investments seen in the market. In terms of technology cloud-based controller technologies is becoming mainstream with multiple vendors offering solutions in this space
D-Link regained number one position from Cisco in the overall WLAN market. D-Link has 24.1 percent market share in Q3 2017. Cisco, HPE and Ruckus (renamed as Brocade) dominate the enterprise WLAN market in India.
D-Link, TP-Link and Netgear are the top three vendors in the consumer WLAN market segment in India.
“Enterprise segment is consolidating around few tech players and the key drivers are differentiated offerings and end to end solutions. Consumer segment is still driven by traditional channels and online sales were not very encouraging,” said Sharyathi Nagesh, senior research manager, Enterprise Infrastructure at IDC.