Wireless LAN Market Posts Ten Percent Revenue Growth in Third Quarter 2013
Published on: 2nd Dec 2013
The Wireless LAN (WLAN) market grew 10 percent in the third quarter 2013 versus the year ago period according to a report from Dell'Oro Group.
Relative newcomer, Ubiquiti Networks, joined Cisco Systems and Ruckus Wireless in gaining the most dollar share compared to the prior quarter in the combined Enterprise and Outdoor segment.
"A significant driver to the third quarter results was the fact that it was the first full quarter of 802.11ac shipments for enterprise-class devices. At six percent of Enterprise Access Point market units, this new technology now represents an important part of the future growth of the WLAN market," said Chris DePuy, Vice President of Wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. "What is interesting about 802.11ac equipment that shipped last quarter was that it was all based on 'Wave 1' radios. We expect even greater interest to develop for 802.11ac once 'Wave 2' radios emerge in the next year or two."
Wave 1 802.11ac radio technology is the current technology available in the market place today. Wave 2 radio systems will include various new features, most notably Multi-user MIMO, which is likely to increase data throughput beyond that of Wave 1 radios.
In the third quarter, the top three vendors in the combined Enterprise-Class and Outdoor Mesh Nodes category were Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and Ruckus Wireless.