Cisco’s enterprise WLAN market share remains flat at 50.7% in Q4 2012

Infotech Lead India: Cisco’s enterprise WLAN market share in Q4 2012 remained flat at 50.7 percent.

Flat growth in market share comparing Q4 2011 is despite 28.1 percent year over year revenue growth at $545 million in Q4 2012.

According to IDC, Ruckus Wireless was the only enterprise WLAN solutions provider to increase market share in Q4.

Besides Cisco (flat growth), Aruba Networks (10.6 percent share), HP and Motorola Solutions posted decline in market share in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Cisco’s 2012 revenues were $1.96 billion, up 29.3 percent. The North American market accounted for 54.4 percent of Cisco’s worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue in 2012.

In Q4, Aruba (excluding its OEM business) grew its revenues 16.4 percent year over year. Aruba’s full-year 2012 annual growth reached 22.5 percent.

Though HP’s enterprise WLAN market revenue grew 1.2 percent, its market share declined to 5.1 percent from the 6.5 percent.

Ruckus’ revenue grew 82.7 percent in 2012 over the previous year.

According to IDC, the combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 18.2 percent in Q4.

The enterprise segment grew 28.5 percent in Q4.

In 2012, the enterprise WLAN market increased 26.6 percent year over year.

Growth with bring your own device (BYOD) drives increased WLAN infrastructure rollouts in the enterprise, and is the single largest factor driving increased innovation and differentiation in areas such as security policy and application classification.

Rohit Mehra, VP – Network Infrastructure, IDC, said: “The second key factor driving growth is the increasing use of Wi-Fi by cellular operators and managed service providers, a trend that is likely to drive increased volumes for enterprise-class access points over the next few years.”

Enterprise WLAN market grew 43.8 percent in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan).

China’s 53.4 percent year over year growth this quarter contributed to Asia Pacific region.

IDC says enterprise WLAN market revenue in North America and Latin America increased more than 33 percent year over year.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Japan were relatively weaker in Q4 but still both managed to increase almost 15 percent on an annual basis.

IDC predicts that enterprise mobility remains high on the priority list of many CIOs.

Arvind Krishna
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