WLan market continues to grow in fourth quarter

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WLan market continues to grow in fourth quarter

The worldwide wireless Lan (WLan) market flourished in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to a quarterly report by Infonetics Research’s Wireless Lan Hardware group.

However, Richard Webb, lead analyst of the report, said the growth has not been as explosive as expected, citing concerns about security and network control as key issues holding back adoption in the enterprise.

Consumers made up half the WLan adopters in the fourth quarter of 2002. The enterprise and service provider share on the fourth quarter for last year was 41% and 9% respectively and Infonetics expects this to increase.

With North America leading the way, WLan hardware revenue totalled $455m (£287m) in the fourth quarter - up from $436m (£276m) in the the previous quarter in 2002. Infonetics predicted that the market would increase over the next three years reaching $2.72bn (£1.7bn) in 2006.

North America holds the number one spot in WLan revenue at 58%, and that number should stay steady through 2003, according to Infonetics. Europe comes in second at 22%, followed by Asia/Pacific at 17% and the rest of the world at 3%.

Access points made up 61% of WLan hardware revenue, followed by network interface cards (NICs) at 39%. Infonetics predicted that this would remain stable through the fourth quarter of 2003, but the proportion of access point hardware would increase through 2006.


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