Cisco continues to lead the $1 billion WLAN gear market

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Cisco continued to lead the wireless local area network--or WLAN--gear market, which topped $1 billion in the third quarter, according to the latest stats from Infonetics Research.

WLAN gear market revenues increased 6 percent quarter-over-quarter and 20 percent year-over-year in the third quarter.

Causing a ruckus in the WLAN equipment market was Ruckus Wireless, which saw 78 percent year-over-year revenue growth, which propelled it into fourth place.

"The usual demand drivers--wireless devices, BYOD, mobility--were in play, but there was also an acceleration of carrier WiFi deployments, with sales of outdoor access points doubling over the past year," observed Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

"Wireless LAN is a real bright spot in the networking industry, achieving record sales despite ongoing economic uncertainty," he added.

Interactive access point revenue grew strongly in the third quarter, as businesses moved to centrally managed WLAN architectures.

The transition to 802.11n is coming to an end, with 84 percent of access points shipments now based on the standard; next-generation 802.11ac products will start shipping in the summer of 2013, according to Infonetics.

Vocera remained on top in the WiFi phone market share in the third quarter, thanks to a strong showing in the health care sector.

For more:
- see Infonetics Research WLAN gear data

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