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Enterprise wireless LAN market grew substantially in the last quarter: Dell’Oro Group

A new report from Dell'Oro Group reveals that the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) market posted strong results in th...


May 17, 2006  


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A new report from Dell’Oro Group reveals that the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) market posted strong results in the first quarter of 2006, growing 48% year-over-year to US$290 million.

The report also shows a distinct transition of sales to newer architecture equipment, consisting of dependent access points (APs) managed by switch/appliances, which grew 54% during the first quarter.

This increase more than compensated for a 22% decline in sales of autonomous APs and server/appliances, it concluded.

“IT managers can more easily control large scale WLAN deployments with this new architecture,” said Greg Collins, Senior Director of Wireless LAN Research at Dell’Oro Group.

“Cisco effectively leveraged its Airespace acquisition by more than doubling its sales of dependent access points plus switch/appliances in the first quarter.”

In the small office and home office (SOHO) market, equipment sales in the first quarter of 2006 grew only 3% over the seasonally strong fourth quarter of 2005.

SOHO products based on the draft-802.11n standard started to ship in the second quarter, but will not impact the market until later this year.