The wireless local area network (WLAN) – made up of consumer and enterprise worldwide markets – jumped 10.8 percent in Q2 of 2013 when comparing results with Q2 of 2012.
International Data Corporation (IDC (News - Alert)) said in the Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker that the enterprise portion of WLAN increased 14.8 percent, when comparing the two quarters.
“While the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth is starting to slow from the 20 percent-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,” IDC said in a recent statement.
"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 of Network Infrastructure at IDC. "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."
When it comes to different regions, enterprise WLAN did well in Latin America, where it saw 38.8 percent more year-vs.-year. In the Asia-Pacific region, it jumped 24 percent year vs. year. North America saw a 14.9 percent increase. Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) increased 6.4 percent.
Also, the consumer WLAN market increased 6.5 percent when comparing the two quarters.
"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," Petr Jirovsky, an analyst at Worldwide Networking Trackers Group, said in a statement.
It was also shown in the report how Cisco's (News - Alert) Q2 enterprise WLAN revenue increased 16.7 percent when comparing Q2 of 2013 and Q2 of 2012. In the recent Q2, Cisco enterprise WLAN revenue achieved a record $581 million. The North American market represents 58.4 percent of worldwide revenue for Cisco. It was 48.8 percent in Q1 of 2013.
Aruba, excluding OEM, saw enterprise revenue increase 13.6 percent, year vs. year in Q2. Aruba has 11 percent of the enterprise WLAN market. Also, HP’s enterprise WLAN revenue jumped 17.7 percent in Q2. It was $65.7 million in the recent quarter. In addition, Ruckus increased 37.3 percent in Q2.
In June, IDC reported that the combined consumer and enterprise worldwide WLAN markets saw year-over-year growth of 12.5 percent in Q1 of 2013. The enterprise segment increased 19.3 percent over the same period last year.
Edited by Alisen Downey