Cisco, Aruba, HP Lead Expanding Enterprise WLAN Market: IDC
The first quarter of 2013 was the 13th consecutive quarter in the enterprise WLAN market with annual growth greater than 15 percent.The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments experienced year-over-year growth of 12.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, according to the IT research firm International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker. Cisco's first quarter worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue grew a strong 23.4 percent year over year, reaching $510 million in the quarter, with the North American market accounting for nearly half (48.8 percent) of Cisco's worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue in that period. The company’s worldwide market share stands at 52.9 percent in the first quarter of this year, its highest share since the fourth quarter of 2010. The enterprise segment continued to grow at a healthy rate of 19.3 percent over the same period last year. The first quarter of 2013 was the 13th consecutive quarter with annual growth greater than 15 percent, the report noted. The consumer WLAN market also started the year 2013 on a relative high note, growing 6.2 percent year over year. Excluding its original equipment manufacturing (OEM) business, Aruba Networks grew its enterprise revenue 8.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of the year, which was below the overall market. As a result, Aruba now holds 10.5 percent of the enterprise WLAN market, down from 11.5 percent compared with the same period last year.
"The explosion of mobile devices and the uptake of enterprise mobility applications continue to be top of mind for enterprise IT in terms of driving WLAN infrastructure growth across a wide range of enterprise verticals and use cases," Rohit Mehra, vice president of network infrastructure at IDC, said in a statement. "While this quarter saw some slowing of growth in WiFi infrastructure rollouts for mobile offload applications, the longer term trend of cellular operators and managed service providers leveraging WiFi stays intact and will continue to boost additional growth in the coming years."