WLAN equipment market Q2 revenue up 12%, Cisco leads

Global wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment market revenue grew 12 percent year-over-year to $1.12 billion in the second quarter of 2013, said Infonetics Research. Cisco leads the market with strong gains.

Cisco and Aruba posted solid performances in Q2, gaining revenue share in the WLAN equipment market.

The WLAN equipment market size year-over-year in the second quarter of 2012 was 30 percent.

WLAN remains the fastest growing network equipment segment. The wireless LAN equipment and Wi-Fi phones report tracks access points, WLAN controllers, and Wi-Fi phones for the enterprise.

Wireless LAN market saw initial shipments of enterprise class 802.11ac access points this quarter.

“This is marking the beginning of another technology transition,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

Wireless LAN market up 12 percent in 2Q13

The impact of 802.11ac will be minor in 2013.

With the transition to 802.11n almost complete, growth rates have been cut in half in 2013.

Infonetics Research said interactive access point revenue rose 21 percent in Q2, reflecting the shift toward centrally-managed WLAN.

The report says outdoor access point shipments are back on a strong growth trajectory, up 22 percent year-over-year in Q2, propelled by service provider Wi-Fi deployments.

90 percent of access points sold in 2Q13 were based on the 802.11n standard, the report added. ( Enterprise WLAN market share of Cisco, Aruba, HP, Ruckus in Q1 2013: IDC )

WLAN equipment market revenue growth in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) is slowing in 2013.

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