Wireless LAN Makes Quantum Growth in Tech World

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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REDWOOD CITY, CA: A report issued by Dell’Oro Group, a source for market information about the networking and telecommunications discloses the Wireless LAN (WLAN) market’s growth of nine percent in the fourth quarter 2013.

Wireless technology has been gaining more traction with the emergence of the latest digital devices enabled with Wi-Fi. This technology offers transmission of digital information at a considerable speed and reliability and thus provides mobility unlike stagnated wired communication.

Full year 2013 revenues were $8.5 billion while in the fourth quarter, market shares fluctuated significantly in the enterprise-class segment of the market, with challengers such as Juniper Networks, Meru Networks, Motorola Solutions and Ruckus Wireless gaining the most dollar share versus the previous quarter.

 “802.11ac unit shipments approached 10% of total enterprise-class access points in the fourth quarter, which is in-line with the previous upgrade cycle towards 802.11n. We expect that by the end of 2014, all major vendors will be shipping 802.11ac based access points, driving further growth.  We expect there will be significant growth in the number of 802.11ac based devices such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks, which will reinforce the need to upgrade wireless infrastructure,” said Chris DePuy, Vice President of Wireless LAN research at Dell’Oro Group.

In the fourth quarter 2013, the top three vendors of WLAN in the combined Enterprise-Class and Outdoor Mesh Nodes category were Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless.