Dell’Oro Group, a US based market information research company has revealed that the Wireless LAN (WLAN) market grew 9 percent to $2.2 Billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 when compared with the fourth quarter of 2012.
The research outfit added that the full year 2013 revenues were $8.5 billion. 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 compared to the previous quarter.
Chris DePuy, Vice President of Wireless LAN research at Dell’Oro Group says “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.”
According to him, “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.”
In the fourth quarter of 2013, the top three producers in the combined Enterprise-Class and Outdoor Mesh Nodes category were Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless.