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Global WLAN market grew 12.7% QoQ in Q2

Posted: 07 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WLAN market? BYOD? WiFi?

International Data Corp. (IDC) has announced that the combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments experienced YoY growth of 12.7 percent in 2Q12. The enterprise segment continued on its path of unabated growth with 24.8 percent increase over the same period last year. 2Q12 was the seventh quarter in the row, and nine out of the last ten, added the market research firm.

"While the momentum with BYOD continues unabated, the market got an additional boost from the education segment buying season and that is reflected in Q2 results," said Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, at IDC. "Along with the increasing use of WiFi by service providers to offload cellular data traffic, current market drivers in key enterprise verticals such as education will ensure the market for enterprise-class WLAN devices and solutions will see continued traction, and that the market is expected to stay vibrant for the foreseeable future."

From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market grew fastest in Japan and in Latin America with 64.2 percent and 58.7 percent YoY growth, respectively. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region had a very strong quarter overall as well with 30.2 percent YoY growth. EMEA achieved this growth despite the fact that Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece combined actually declined 0.5 percent YoY in 2Q12. North America grew 25.4 percent YoY and, as the largest global region, continues to be a market of relative strength. On the other hand, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) grew just 3.1 percent YoY in 2Q12 as Korea, India, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia all declined on a YoY basis and China increased only 2.2 percent YoY.

"The strong broad-based results in the enterprise WLAN market, especially from some key countries and regions, as well as several established and emerging vendors, indicates that enterprise mobility remains high on the priority list of many CIOs," said Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst, Worldwide Networking Trackers Group.

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