BYOD demands spur 12.8% growth in enterprise WLAN market, says IDC

Cisco leaves enterprise WLAN competitors in the dust

The BYOD trend fuels strong growth in the enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market, which increased 12.8 percent year-over-year in the 2013 third quarter, according to the latest stats from IDC.

Cisco continues its dominance in the enterprise WLAN market, securing $593 million in revenue or 51.9 percent of the market in the third quarter, up from 50.1 percent from the year ago quarter. In distant second place is Aruba Networks, which pocketed $108 million in revenue or a 9.5 percent market share in the third quarter, down 4 percent from the year ago quarter.

HP comes in third with $67 million in revenue; Ruckus is fourth with $64 million, followed by Motorola Solutions in fifth with $32 million in the third quarter.

"Across all verticals and geographies, the explosion of mobility with bring your own device (BYOD) continues to drive new investments in WLAN infrastructure. While growth has slowed from previous quarters, especially in North America, the growing mobility needs of education, retail and healthcare, among other verticals, along with the expected rise in 802.11ac uptake will lead to continued growth in the enterprise WLAN market," says Rohit Mehra, vice president of network infrastructure at IDC.

The enterprise WLAN market performed strongly in the Asia/Pacific region (excluding Japan) with 31.4 percent year-over-year growth. In Europe, the enterprise WLAN market increased more than 20 percent year-over-year in the third quarter. Japan and Latin America both post strong results with 14.3 percent and 15.1 percent year-over-year growth, respectively.

"Although regional and country-level WLAN growth trends diverged widely in 3Q13, the worldwide outlook for enterprise, service provider, and consumer segments still remains positive due to highly anticipated network upgrade cycles," concludes Petr Jirovsky, research manager for worldwide networking trackers.

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