WLAN market shows continued growth in Q1 of 2012

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According to research firm IDC, the enterprise segment continued on its path of torrid growth with an impressive 27.2-percent increase over the first quarter of 2011. “The momentum behind bring your own device (BYOD) in the enterprise continues unabated, and is the single largest factor driving enterprise mobility and WLAN market growth,” said Rohit Mehra, director for enterprise communications infrastructure at IDC. “Along with the increasing use of Wi-Fi by service providers to offload cellular data traffic, current market drivers in key verticals will ensure the market for enterprise-class WLAN devices and solutions will see continued traction, and that the market is expected to stay vibrant for the foreseeable future.” From a regional perspective, the enterprise WLAN market grew fastest in the Latin America region with an impressive 73.8 percent year-over-year increase. Combined with the 34.5-percent growth seen in North America, the Americas as a whole were a picture of relative and continued market strength. On the other hand, the 19.7-percent year-over-year growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the 16.4-percent increase in Asia-Pacific were below the overall market this quarter. “The positive results in the enterprise WLAN market over the last several quarters, which includes several established and emerging vendors, indicates that WLAN investments remain high on the priority list of many CIOs,” cited Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst at IDC. Key WLAN vendor updates

? Cisco’s 1Q12 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue globally 27.0 percent year over year, reaching $414 million in the quarter. The North American market accounted for 49.4 percent of Cisco’s worldwide WLAN revenue in 1Q12. Cisco’s worldwide market share now stands at 52.4 percent, up from 51.0 percent in 4Q11 and on par with 1Q11.

? Aruba (excluding its OEM business) increased a healthy 42.8-percent year-over-year in 1Q12, and now holds 11.6 percent of the enterprise WLAN market.

? HP’s 1Q12 enterprise WLAN revenue grew 10 percent year-over-year, below the overall market, and its market share declined from the 6.6 percent recorded in both 1Q11 and 4Q11 to 5.7 percent this quarter.

? Ruckus outperformed in 1Q12 with a market leading 183-percent growth over last year’s first quarter, driven by service provider and enterprise sales.

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