Worldwide wireless local area network hardware sales reached $720m (£424m) in the second quarter of 2004, illustrating the rapid spread of the technology in enterprises.
The figure, from analyst firm Infonetics Research, represents a 3% increase on the first quarter of the year and Infonetics predicts the figure will rise by 9% by the second quarter of 2005.
Wireless Lan adoption will continue apace throughout most regions through 2007, with enterprise and public wireless “hotspot” segments fulfilling their growth potential, and the already explosive consumer segment continuing its dramatic growth, says Infonetics.
Richard Webb, analyst at Infonetics, said Cisco topped the list in terms of worldwide revenue market share following its strongest ever quarter for WLan sales.
Linksys, which was acquired by Cisco, but still reports separate sales, was number two in the market and Netgear was number three.
Wireless access points account for about two-thirds of WLan hardware revenue, network interface cards for close to a quarter and WLan switch and aggregation products and security gateways make up the balance. The latter two will gain greater market traction over the next few years.
North America accounts for almost half of all WLan hardware revenue, Europe for about a quarter, followed closely by the Asia Pacific region.
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