Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC
WLAN Sales Grow 10%, Led By Enterprises: Report
Despite a small drop in the at the end of last year, revenues from worldwide sales of local area network (WLAN) equipment showed healthy growth in 2005, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
Revenues were up 10% overall in 2005, though there was a 5% quarterly dip in the fourth quarter. Unit shipments were up 39% in the same period, to top 25 million. WLAN switch and controller revenues grew 93% and shipments jumped 154%, Though WLAN switch and controller sales currently account for 19% of revenues, compared to 81% for access points, the report notes that that proportion will rise to 44% by 2009.
Infonetics expects the growth trend to continue, with WLAN equipment revenues reaching $3.8 billion by 2009. Much of the growth will be driven by the enterprise market, which the firm says will expand 120% between 2005 and 2009.
"The enterprise segment is where the action is," Infonetics Research analyst Richard Webb said in a statement. "Organizations of all sizes are increasingly mobile and data-reliant, so the need for network access while on the move is crucial, driving growth of WLAN switches and controllers in particular, which achieve double-digit annual revenue growth through 2009."
Cisco was the overall WLAN equipment revenue leader last year, followed by Symbol and 3Com. The company also held a comfortable lead in WLAN switch and controller revenues, also ahead of Symbol.
Recommended For You
Making the jump from outdated legacy technology to a more modern digital infrastructure will allow businesses to innovate at the speed and scale needed in today’s marketplace.
The business world is speeding up. The longer IT leaders wait to get their needs met, the more at risk their businesses and their jobs will be.
By arming SD-WAN networks with end-to-end intelligence, analytics-driven predictions, and predictive automation solutions, IT teams can simplify infrastructure management and assure higher levels of quality experiences for users.