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Wi-Fi market in 2Q13 still on high ground, says analyst

Posted: 28 Aug 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WLAN? Wi-Fi? IT?

According to the latest report from International Data Corp. (IDC), the enterprise WLAN segment showed strong growth and increased 14.8 per cent YoY. While the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth is starting to slow from the 20 per cent-plus YoY increases witnessed in the last several years, the enterprise WLAN market continues to be one of the fastest growing networking markets. The consumer WLAN market also performed well in 2Q13 and increased 6.5 per cent YoY, which was on par with the consumer WLAN results in 1Q13. The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide WLAN market segments increased 10.8 per cent YoY in 2Q13, noted the market research company.

"Across all verticals and geographies, enterprise IT continues to see an explosion of mobility applications running on more devices than ever, resulting in new investments in WLAN infrastructure," said Rohit Mehra, VP, network infrastructure at IDC. "While growth slowed slightly this quarter compared to previous quarters, the growing mobility needs of education, retail, healthcare and other distributed enterprise segments will continue to fuel substantial growth in the overall enterprise WLAN market."

From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market performed especially well in Latin America with its 38.8 per cent YoY growth and in Asia/Pacific where it increased 24 per cent YoY in 2Q13. North America followed with a 14.9 per cent YoY increase. Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) grew 6.4 per cent YoY in 2Q13, weaker than the other major regions but still positive and an improvement as macroeconomic conditions continue to gradually improve.

"Although regional and country-level WLAN growth trends varied widely in 2Q13, the worldwide outlook for the enterprise, service provider and consumer segments remains optimistic due to highly anticipated network upgrade cycles," said Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst, IDC.

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