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Enterprise WLAN Market Will Defy Macroeconomic Weakness: Del’Oro

According to a recent report from Dell'Oro Group, the enterprise WLAN market increased over 15% in the third quarter of 2008 compared to the same quarter a year ago.


January 1, 2009  


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According to a recent report from Dell’Oro Group, the enterprise WLAN market increased over 15% in the third quarter of 2008 compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Strong demand for 802.11n-based access points not only lifted enterprise WLAN revenues in the third quarter, but also is helping increase the size of WLAN deployments, the research firm said.

Despite macroeconomic weakness, the enterprise WLAN market is forecasted to grow in 2009 as enterprises opt for higher performance 802.11n equipment.

“The combination of twice the speed, twice the distance, but less than twice the price of legacy 802.11a/g equipment is making 802.11n an increasingly attractive option for enterprises to provide network connectivity to their users,” said Ben Kwan, analyst of Wireless LAN research at Dell’Oro Group.

“802.11n is increasing the size of WLAN deployments. Since the introduction of enterprise-grade 802.11n equipment in the fourth quarter of 2007, the access point to switch ratio has grown by over 40%,” added Kwan.

The report also shows that revenue decline from 802.11a/g was offset by strong revenue growth from 802.11n on both a sequential and year-over-year basis. Strong demand for 802.11n equipment helped Cisco gain four percentage points of revenue share this quarter to reach nearly two-thirds of the total WLAN market.