Wireless LAN growth falls below 10% in Q3


Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, December 10, 2013—Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 3rd quarter (3Q13) Wireless LAN Equipment and WiFi Phones report, which tracks access points, WLAN controllers, and WiFi phones for the enterprise.


"After 15 quarters of double-digit year-over-year growth, WLAN equipment growth fell below the 10% mark in the third quarter of 2013, due to the 802.11n transition nearing completion and 802.11ac not yet having a significant effect on the market," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

Machowinski adds: "Still, we consider this a temporary slowdown and expect growth to reaccelerate in the coming years as buyers focus on their WLAN infrastructure to support the growth of wireless devices and enable BYOD and employee mobility."


  • Worldwide enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment revenue edged up 1% sequentially in 3Q13, to $1.2 billion
  • 3Q13 marks the first full quarter in which 802.11ac products were widely available, and 3% of access points sold were based on this new standard
  • Independent access point revenue is down 40% year-over-year in 3Q13, reflecting the shift toward centrally-managed WLAN
  • In North America and Asia Pacific, WLAN growth slowed sharply in 3Q13; meanwhile, EMEA is doing well despite relatively weaker economic conditions
  • #1 Cisco's WLAN revenue share is up a half-point in 3Q13 from 2Q13, and up over 4 points from 3Q12
  • After a tough couple of years, WiFi phone shipments are growing again on a year-over-year basis


Clients, join Matthias Machowinski Dec. 12 at 11:00 AM ET for a live WLAN market recap and outlook, or view on demand. Log in for password: www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=754.


Infonetics' quarterly WLAN equipment and WiFi phones report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends for WLAN infrastructure, including access points by type and technology, WLAN controllers, and enterprise single-mode WiFi phones. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Brocade, Buffalo, Cisco, D-Link, Enterasys, Extreme, Juniper, Meru, Motorola, Netgear, HP, Ruckus, TP-Link, Ubiquiti, Xirrus, others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.