5 March 2011

WLAN market reaches nearly $5bn in 2010

The combined retail and enterprise worldwide wireless local-area network (WLAN) market segments experienced year-over-year market growth of 12.4% for full-year 2010 (to nearly $5bn) and quarter-over-quarter growth of 11.6% in fourth-quarter 2010, according to the International Data Corp (IDC) ‘Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker’. In particular, the enterprise segment paved the way in Q4/2010 with growth of 34.9% year-over-year and 12.3% quarter-over-quarter, boosting the segment for full-year 2010 to 30.8% growth to $2.2bn.

“The tremendous momentum behind smart mobile devices and the continued proliferation of higher-performance 802.11n networks are driving enterprises to move forward with upgrades, extensions, and replacements of their wireless infrastructures,” says Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure. “We expect these trends will continue over the next several quarters as 802.11n dominates and becomes the de-facto standard in the enterprise.”

Additionally, the retail-class WLAN market continues to stabilize from previous quarterly declines. Despite tight consumer spending and concerns about the economy, this segment grew 11.1% quarter-over-quarter and 11.2% year-over-year in Q4. Falling prices and increased consumer interest in networked home entertainment applications will continue to support this segment going forward, says IDC.

Cisco’s enterprise WLAN revenue capped a good year with strong growth in Q4, growing 43.4% year-over-year and 16.3% quarter-over-quarter. For full-year 2010, Cisco grew revenue 30.7%. In particular, its Linksys consumer division, after a decline in Q3/2010, grew 14.1% quarter-over-quarter in Q4.

Aruba had an exceptional Q4, with branded revenue increasing 13.5% quarter-over-quarter and 72.2% year-over-year.

HP recorded 22.4% year-over-year growth in Q4, whereas Motorola had a weaker quarter for WLAN, declining 11.6% year-over-year.

Tags: WLAN market

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