WLAN market increases 7.4% in third quarter

Wireless local area network (WLAN) market – both consumer and enterprise — increased 7.4 percent in Q3 2014, said IDC.

The enterprise WLAN market increased 9.6 percent against 7.7 percent in Q2 2014. The consumer WLAN market increased 4.8 percent in Q3 2014 against 10.9 percent in Q2 2014.

Major WLAN vendors

The WLAN share of Cisco increased to 48.3 percent in Q3 2014 from 46.8 percent in Q2 2014, but dipped from 51.6 percent in Q3 2013, said IDC.

Aruba Networks’ enterprise WLAN share increased 33.4 percent to 11.5 percent from 9.4 percent in Q3 2013 on strength across its products, including 802.11ac and Aruba Instant access points.

Ruckus enterprise WLAN market share rose 22.6 percent to 6.3 percent from 5.6 percent in Q3 2013, said IDC.

Enterprise WLAN market growth for Q3 2014 by IDC

WLAN growth drivers

IDC said the 802.11ac standard continues to see rapid adoption in the enterprise segment. 802.11ac standard accounts for 26.5 percent of dependent access point shipments and 39 percent of revenues.

Growth drivers include faster ratification process, aggressive pricing for 802.11ac access points with minimal or no price premium over 802.11n, and the inherent benefits of 802.11ac in high density environments that are dependent upon enterprise mobility, cloud connectivity, and multimedia applications.

Major WLAN markets

Enterprise WLAN market revenue in Latin America grew 27.3 percent, the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region rose 15 percent, North America grew 7.5 percent, Asia/Pacific increased 4.5 percent.

Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, at IDC, said: “Organizations are experiencing transformed internal business processes through WLAN-enabled cloud and multimedia applications. Public-facing enterprises are realizing opportunities to improve customer engagement through the wireless network. This is leading to a robust stream of network upgrades and greenfield deployments, increasingly built upon the 802.11ac standard.”

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