Connected India

VoicenData Bureau
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WLAN adoption in large enterprises, campus-wide deployments in educational

institutions, and small and mid-size businesses are witnessing increased

traction. And the key verticals driving growth include the IT and telecom

sectors. Also, the adoption of mobility solutions based on the wireless platform

by various industry segments like hospitality, manufacturing, retail, real

estate, etc is leading to more adoption of the WLAN platform.


The WLAN market has shown a 40% growth this fiscal.The market stood at Rs 210

crore in FY 2007-08 as compared to Rs 150 crore in FY 2006-07. Cisco's revenue

registered a growth of 39% to touch Rs 91.8 crore this fiscal as compared to Rs

66 crore during the last fiscal, and it retained its number one position with

nearly 44% market share.

D-Link holds the second position with revenues of Rs 38.5 crore this fiscal

as compared to Rs 31 crore. Netgear holds the third position with the revenue of

Rs 30.6 crore as compared to Rs 17 crore during the last fiscal, registering a

growth of 80%. DAX reported negative growth of 76.7% and registered revenues of

Rs 1 crore as compared to the Rs 4.3 crore last fiscal. Companies like 3Com,

Proxim, Multitech, and Allied Telesyn contributed to the growth of this segment.

Increasing Adoption

Aggressive growth can be seen in wireless broadband-an area in which India

is sorely lagging behind. We see more public-private partnerships for unwired

city projects leading to “broadband for all”, increase in number of hotspots,

more industry-based applications on mobility solutions, with a number of mesh

players now increasingly focused on providing vertical specific solutions on

wireless, and adoption of WiMax as a backhaul and back-end connectivity.


Some of the key trends include: increase in broadband wireless access

penetration; Wi-Fi will be the major method of access; and enterprise will adopt

innovative wireless applications. Besides, government policies are expected to

encourage city-wide Wi-Fi deployment and technological advances like IEEE

802.11n will improve performance.

Contributing Sectors

Starting from the consumer and the retail segment, Cisco has a whole range

of product portfolio on the wireless side for both indoor WLAN and outdoor

wireless mesh deployment, and they have recently moved into the WiMax space as

well. Cisco is also focusing on the applications and solutions segment. They are

working with third-party vendors to develop mobility solutions, specifically for

manufacturing, retail, healthcare, real estate, and hospitality sectors.


On the other hand, Proxim products are sold to enterprises and service

providers. Their products have been deployed in almost all verticles including

education, healthcare, manufacturing, SMB, utilities and transportation.

Most companies announced significant customer wins during FY 2007-08. India

continues to be a key market focus for Proxim. Tata Communications has selected

Proxim as a supplier for Wi-Fi mesh and point-to-point and multipoint solutions.

Tata Communications and Proxim wireless have collaborated on a number of

projects including Manipal Academy of Higher Education, properties of the Taj

Group, and Mahindra Resorts. Proxim's point-to-multipoint mesh and Wi-Fi

products were deployed in these projects to deliver voice, video, and data over

Wi-Fi to the edge of the network.


Major Concerns

There are concerns over the issue of spectrum allocation by the government.

The government has allocated the entire 2.4 GHz frequency and only a part of the

5.8 GHz frequency as free spectrum for Wi-Fi deployment, whereas WiMax is still

to be allocated as a free spectrum.

Security is also a major concern for certain quarters of Indian consumers who

are still under the impression that wireless LAN is less secured than wired.

Market Trends

Wireless networking is the oxygen for today's business. It not only enables

mobility but also ensures rapid scalability of the existing network capacity.

The new trends based on respective segments are as follows:


SOHO: This segment sees major emphasis on wireless G, wireless

routers, and access point for wireless networking.

SMB/SME: This market is shifting toward rapid network expansion,

comprehensive wireless security, hassel-free installation, scalable solutions

for their wireless needs.

Enterprise market: The clear trend in this segment is the unified

wireless solution.


Last mile connectivity for home users: 3G will soon be available as an

alternative high-speed broadband Internet access in India.

Last mile connectivity for corporates: Wimax will emerge as the top choice

for corporates seeking last mile and remote wireless connectivity with ISP for



New Offerings

This year saw the arrival of a lot of new and exciting technologies. Cisco

added VoIP to wireless networks, VoWLAN. The collaboration between RFID and

wireless with Cisco's location tracking device and solutions is also leading to

new mobility applications and solutions for various industry segments.

More features have been added in Wi-Fi or 802.11a/b/g technology for both

indoor and outdoor AP's with reduction in prices. The other significant and

latest arrivals have been the launch of 802.11n, 2.0 Draft, fixed WiMax or


Vendors like Proxim have launched solutions that integrate Wi-Fi, mesh and

WiMax. These solutions offer significant benefits to the customer. IPhone will

also revolutionize the consumer market. If we look at DAX networks, the three

primary innovations are: multiple input multiple output technology, packet

aggregation, and channel bonding.

For D-Link, Xtreme N Wireless product consisting of wireless a,b,g and draft

n standards are the latest entrants in the wireless domain.Wireless N series

with speeds upto 450 Mbps are currently being developed for commercial use.

Whereas 3Com Air protect Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems is the latest

technology addition for 3Com in fiscal 2007-08.

Steady Growth Ahead

A worldwide revolution is occurring in business. FY 2008-09 is posted for a

strong growth in the wireless domain. With surge in SMB segment, retail, BFSI,

hospitality etc the industry is poised for a 25% growth.

Technologies that drive Wi-Fi-enabled business applications and devices for a

variety of uses, including mobile healthcare, inventory management, retail point

of sale, and network visibility, will have an edge. The recent introduction of

new technologies and trends will change the way the world perceives the wireless

world in the near future.

Arpita Prem