Worldwide WLAN Market Continues Robust Growth in Second Quarter of 2013, According to IDC

Enterprise WLAN Market Grew 14.8% Year over Year in Second Quarter of 2013

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 10.8% year over year in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13). According to the preliminary results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment continued to grow at a very healthy rate and increased 14.8% over the same period last year. While the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth is starting to slow from the 20%-plus year-over-year increases witnessed in the last several years, the enterprise WLAN market continues to be one of the fastest growing networking markets out there. The consumer WLAN market also performed well in 2Q13 and increased 6.5% year over year, which was on par with the consumer WLAN results in 1Q13.

"Across all verticals and geographies, enterprise IT continues to see an explosion of mobility applications running on more devices than ever, resulting in new investments in WLAN infrastructure," said Rohit Mehra, Vice President, Network Infrastructure. "While growth slowed slightly this quarter compared to previous quarters, the growing mobility needs of education, retail, healthcare, and other distributed enterprise segments will continue to fuel substantial growth in the overall enterprise WLAN market."

From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market performed especially well in Latin America with its 38.8% year-over-year growth and in Asia/Pacific where it increased 24.0% year over year in 2Q13. North America followed with a 14.9% year over year increase. Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) grew 6.4% year over year in 2Q13, weaker than the other major regions but still positive and an improvement as macroeconomic conditions continue to gradually improve.

"Although regional and country-level WLAN growth trends varied widely in 2Q13, the worldwide outlook for the enterprise, service provider, and consumer segments remains optimistic due to highly anticipated network upgrade cycles," said Petr Jirovsky, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Networking Trackers Group.

Key Enterprise WLAN Vendor Updates

  • Cisco's 2Q13 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue grew 16.7% year over year, slightly above the overall market. Cisco‚Äôs 2Q13 enterprise WLAN revenue reached a record $581 million in the quarter. The North American market was especially strong for Cisco this quarter and now accounts for 58.4% of worldwide revenue, up from 48.8% in 1Q13. Cisco's worldwide market share stands at 53.7% in 2Q13, its highest share since 4Q10.
  • Aruba (excluding its OEM business) grew its enterprise revenue 13.6% year over year in the second quarter, which was, in essence, on par with the overall market and an improvement over the 8.5% year-over-year increase Aruba experienced in 1Q13. Aruba now holds 11% of the enterprise WLAN market.
  • HP's overall enterprise WLAN revenue increased 17.7% year over year in 2Q13 and reached $65.7 million in 2Q13. This was a noticeable improvement in annual growth when compared to HP's results for the last few quarters. As a result, HP's market share increased to 6.0% of the market in 2Q13, up from 5.4% in 1Q13.
  • Ruckus grew a solid 37.3% year over year in 2Q13 and now accounts for 5.5% of the overall market.

A graphic showing the top 5 vendors in the worldwide enterprise WLAN market for 2Q13 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 vendors share data in an easy-to-use Excel Pivot Table format. The geographic coverage includes 8 major regions (USA, Canada, Latin America, AP 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 (knagamine@idc.com).

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Contacts

International Data Corporation
Rohit Mehra, 508-935-4343
rmehra@idc.com
or
Petr Jirovsky, 413-313-6112
pjirovsky@idc.com
or
Michael Shirer, 508-935-4200
press@idc.com

Release Summary

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 10.8% year over year in 2Q13, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker.

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Contacts

International Data Corporation
Rohit Mehra, 508-935-4343
rmehra@idc.com
or
Petr Jirovsky, 413-313-6112
pjirovsky@idc.com
or
Michael Shirer, 508-935-4200
press@idc.com