|[February 26, 2014]
Worldwide WLAN Market Continues to Show Solid Growth in Fourth Quarter of 2013, According to IDC
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area
network (WLAN) market segments increased 11.5% year over year in the
fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13). According to the preliminary results
published in the International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment continued to grow at
a very healthy rate and increased 11.7% over the same period in 2012.
While the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth is starting to
moderate from the 20%-plus year-over-year increases we have seen for
several quarters, the enterprise WLAN market continues to be one of the
fastest growing networking market segments. The consumer WLAN market
also had an excellent quarter in 4Q13 and grew 11.2% year over year. The
growth in the consumer WLAN space appears to be accelerating due to
strong growth in the emerging markets and market transition from the
older 802.11n standard to the newer and faster 802.11ac standard. For
the full year 2013, the enterprise WLAN market increased 15.0% year over
year and the consumer WLAN market jumped 11.0% year over year.
"Across all geographies and in most of the key verticals, the expansion
of mobility applications for enterprise IT continues to drive new
investments in WLAN infrastructure," said Rohit
Mehra, Vice President, Network
Infrastructure, at IDC (News - Alert). "While the growth rate has stabilized in
recent quarters, new mobility applications, particularly for the
education, retail, and healthcare verticals, along with expanded
deployment options and the continued emergence of 802.11ac will lead to
continued growth in the enterprise WLAN market."
From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market performed
especially well in Latin America with its 37.2% year-over-year growth in
4Q13. Asia/Pacific increased 22.7% year over year and the Europe, Middle
East, and Africa (EMEA) region increased 20.1% in 4Q13. On the other
hand, North America was relatively weak this quarter and was up just
0.7% year over year.
"Although revenues were flat in many ature economies in the fourth
quarter, growth in enterprise WLAN deployments will remain strong in
emerging markets and will regain momentum in developed markets in 2014,"
Jirovsky, Research Manager, Worldwide Networking Trackers.
Key Enterprise WLAN Vendor Updates
Cisco's (News - Alert) 4Q13 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue grew 6.1% year over
year and declined -2.5% on a sequential basis over the particularly
strong 3Q13. Cisco was particularly impacted by the relative weakness
in North America where revenue was down -11.4% quarter over quarter
and -0.7% year over year. Cisco's worldwide market share stands at
48.4% in 4Q13, down from 52.2% in 3Q13 and 51.0% in 4Q12. Still,
Cisco's full year 2013 results were solid as it grew 15.1% year over
year, marginally exceeding the 15.0% year-over-year growth of the
Aruba (excluding its OEM business) rebounded from a weaker 3Q13
quarter and grew 7.9% sequentially, which was good for a 3.5%
year-over-year increase in 4Q13. Aruba's full year 2013 annual growth
reached 5.1% and its market share now stands at 9.8% of the enterprise
WLAN market, up from the 9.5% in 3Q13.
Ruckus grew a solid 20.8% year over year in 4Q13 and now accounts for
5.7% of the overall market.
HP 4Q13 revenue increased 18.1% year over year but declined -2.4%
sequentially. HP's full year 2013 enterprise WLAN growth was 13.1%.
A interactive graphic showing the revenues of the top 5 vendors in the
worldwide enterprise WLAN market for the previous five quarters is
available at here.
Instructions on how to embed this graphic into online news articles and
social media can be found by viewing this
press release on IDC.com.
The IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker provides total market size and
vendors share data in an easy-to-use Excel Pivot Table format. The
geographic coverage includes eight major regions (the United States,
Canada, Latin America, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Japan, Western
Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) and 58
countries. The WLAN market is further segmented by product class,
product type, product, standard, and location. Measurement for the WLAN
market is provided in factory revenue, customer revenue, and unit
For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker,
please contact Kathy Nagamine (email@example.com).
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