|[September 03, 2014]
Worldwide WLAN Market Shows Continued Growth in Second Quarter of 2014, According to IDC
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area
network (WLAN) market segments grew 9.2% year over year in the second
quarter of 2014 (2Q14). According to the preliminary results published
in the International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment continued to grow at
a steady rate and increased 7.7% over the same period last year. While
the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth has been steadily
decreasing over the last several quarters, the market continues to be
one of the faster growing networking market segments.
The transition from the 802.11n standard to the newer and faster
802.11ac standard is progressing rapidly and above expectations in the
enterprise segment. After just four quarters of product availability,
the 802.11ac standard already accounts for 19% of dependent access point
shipments and 30% of dependent access point revenues, a noticeably
faster adoption rate than what the market experienced with the
802.11a/b/g to 802.11n transition several years ago. The primary reasons
behind this trend lies with aggressive pricing for the 802.11ac access
points adopted by most vendors with minimal or no price premium over the
802.11n products and to the inherent benefits of 802.11ac products in
high density environments.
The consumer WLAN market had a very good quarter in 2Q14, growing 10.9%
year over year. The gains in the consumer WLAN space benefitted from the
ongoing transition from the older 802.11n standard to the newer and
faster 802.11ac standard as well as a solid performance in emerging
markets, particularly in Asia/Pacific where China, as the second largest
consumer WLAN market (behind the United States), jumped 36.9% year over
year in revenue and a massive 81.3% in unit shipments.
"The continued worldwide growth of WLAN across different verticals and
use cases demonstrates WLAN's importance to today's enterprise, as it
supports a growing number of business-critical mobility applications,"
Mehra, Vice President, Network
Infrastructure, at IDC (News - Alert). "While growth has stabilized, enterprise
requirements around mobility and cloud applications, as well as the
emergence of the Internet of Things, are driving network upgrades and
greenfield deployments. This, along with the rapid uptake of the
802.11ac standard, will help sustain WLAN market growth in the near to
From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market performed
especially well in Latin America with its 35.4% year-over-year growth in
2Q14. Leading the charge in the region were Brazil (up 61.5% year over
year) and Argentina (up 51.3 year over year). The Europe, Middle East,
and Africa (EMEA) region followed with a solid increase of 20.7% year
over year that was spread relatively evenly across the region including
good performances in the large economies of Western Europe. Notable
year-over-year increases in this region included France (up 33.4% in
2Q14), the United Kingdom (24.9%), Spain (22.9%), and Italy (12.1%). The
Asia/Pacific enterprise WLAN market grew more modestly at 10.5% year
over year due to weakness in Korea (down -15.8% year over year) and
Indonesia (-29.3%). Still, other major Asia/Pacific countries performed
well in 2Q14 with China growing 13.6%, Japan adding 16.2%, and Australia
increasing by 12.5% year over year in 2Q14. North America, on the other
hand, declined -1.2% year over year in 2Q14.
"Although growth was flat for some of the traditionally strong vendors
and regions in 2Q14, the worldwide enterprise WLAN market remains strong
as technological innovations, along with increasing network demands,
drive investments in network infrastructure," said Petr
Jirovsk�, Research Manager, Worldwide Networking Trackers.
Key Enterprise WLAN Vendor Updates
Cisco's (News - Alert) 2Q14 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue underperformed the
overall market and was down -2.3%, despite growing 11.2% quarter over
quarter after the seasonally weaker 1Q14. Cisco's performance was
impacted by relative weakness in the service provider vertical in
North America and Asia/Pacific. Cisco's worldwide market share stands
at 46.8% in 2Q14, down from 48.1% in 1Q14 and 51.6% in 2Q13.
Aruba (excluding its OEM business) had a very strong quarter in 2Q14,
growing 19.1% year over year and 12.5% sequentially on strength across
its product portfolio, including the 802.11ac and Aruba Instant
product line. Aruba's market share increased to 11.8% of the
enterprise WLAN market, up from the 10.6% in 2Q13.
Ruckus also significantly outperformed the overall enterprise WLAN
market after growing 27.7% year over year and 7.4% quarter over
quarter in 2Q14. Ruckus now accounts for 6.2% of the overall market,
up from 5.3% in 2Q13.
HP's 2Q14 revenue underperformed the overall market and decreased
-17.5% year over year despite growing 15.4% quarter over quarter. As a
result, HP's market share dropped to 4.5% of the market from 5.8% in
An interactive graphic showing the relative market shares of the top 5
vendors in the worldwide enterprise WLAN market for 2Q14 is available 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
vendor share data in an easy-to-use Excel pivot table format. The
geographic coverage includes eight major regions (USA, 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 shipments.
For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker,
please contact Kathy Nagamine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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