WLAN market shows strong performance in Q4 of 2012

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[/caption] According to the 4Q12 results published by research firm IDC, the enterprise segment continued on its path of solid growth with an impressive 28.5 percent increase over the same period last year. The fourth quarter was the seventh consecutive quarter with annual growth in excess of 20 percent. For the full year 2012, the enterprise WLAN market increased 26.6 percent year over year, the third year in a row of percentage growth in the high twenties. The consumer WLAN market also finished the year on a relative high note and increased 8.2 percent year over year in 4Q12 with the full year 2012 growing at 6.2 percent year-over-year. “Rapid growth with bring your own device (BYOD) continues to drive 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,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president for network infrastructure at IDC. “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.” From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market performed especially well in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) where it increased 43.8 percent year over year in 4Q12, as China recovered from a lackluster 3Q12 and increased a very healthy 53.4 percent year over year this quarter. North America and Latin America both were also solid in 4Q12 and increased more than 33 percent year over year. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Japan were relatively weaker in 4Q12 but still both managed to increase almost 15 percent on an annual basis. For the full year 2012 the highest growth regions in the enterprise WLAN market were Latin America and Japan, which grew 38.7 percent and 38.6 percent year over year respectively, followed by North America (29.7 percent), EMEA (21.1 percent), and Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) (20.9 percent). “With almost all regions contributing to continued growth, and strong results from the enterprise, service provider, and consumer segments, the outlook for the overall WLAN market remains very positive, and that is further reinforced from our surveys indicating that enterprise mobility remains high on the priority list of many CIOs,” said Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst at IDC. Enterprise WLAN vendor highlights

? Cisco’s 4Q12 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue grew a strong 28.1 percent year over year reaching $545 million in the quarter. Cisco’s full year 2012 revenues were $1.96 billion, representing a 29.3 percent annual increase, which was slightly ahead of the total market. The North American market accounted for 54.4 percent of Cisco’s worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue in 2012. Cisco’s worldwide market share stands at 50.7 percent in 4Q12, on par with 4Q11.

? Aruba (excluding its OEM business) grew its revenues 16.4 percent year over year in 4Q12, and now holds 10.6 percent of the enterprise WLAN market. Aruba’s full-year 2012 annual growth reached 22.5 percent.

? HP underperformed the overall enterprise WLAN market in 4Q12 with modest growth of 1.2 percent year over year. As a result HP’s market share declined from the 6.5 percent recorded in 4Q11 to 5.1 percent this quarter.

? Ruckus continued to outperform the overall market and increased 47.8 percent year over year in 4Q12, even though its quarter-over-quarter growth was a small 0.7 percent. For the full year 2012, its revenue grew 82.7 percent over the previous year.


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