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WLAN equipment sales dips in Q1 2012

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VoicenData Bureau
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Global wireless LAN equipment revenue declined by 4% in Q1 2012 from the previous quarter to $859 million due to seasonal buying trends. Global Ethernet switch revenue reaches $4.1 billion in Q1 2012, a dip by 9% from the previous quarter, said a report by Infonetics Research.

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Access point (AP) shipments have more than doubled over the last five years, and over 3/4 of all units are based on 802.11n technology, according to market research firm Infonetics Research.

"Sales of wireless LAN and Ethernet switching gear declined sequentially in the first quarter of 2012, mostly due to a typical seasonal buying lull, but also due to weakness in the EMEA region," explains Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research. He added, "Despite the sequential lull, on a year-over-year basis, WLAN market growth remains strong, up in the double digits for the 10th straight quarter."

In its first quarter 2012 (1Q12) Wireless LAN Equipment and WiFi Phones and Ethernet Switches vendor market share and forecast reports, the research firm also finds that wireless LAN equipment leader Cisco increased its market share in 1Q12, as did #2 player Aruba, while Motorola edged ahead of HP by a hair and Ruckus maintained its fifth position.

Machowinski added, "Wireless LAN is the more exciting part of the enterprise networking market, but a number of interesting things are happening on the wired side as well, including tremendous revenue growth in the 10G Ethernet switch segment, where port shipments doubled year-over-year and revenue is set to hit the $10-billion mark next year, as well as rapid adoption of the latest technology arrival, 40G Ethernet, which has already exceeded expectations."

In 1Q12, Vocera, Polycom, and Cisco continued their tight battle for the lead in the single-mode WiFi phone market, all within several revenue market-share points of each other.

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