Wireless local area network market continues to grow


Wireless local area network market continues to grow

Antony Savvas

The enterprise wireless local area network (Lan) market continued its double digit year-over-year growth, expanding to a new quarterly record level of over £195m, said analyst Dell'Oro Group.

Cisco drove the bulk of the sales increase in the overall enterprise wireless Lan market in the third quarter.

The next two largest suppliers, Aruba and Motorola, maintained their positions, but were flat or slightly down sequentially, said Dell'Oro.

"The enterprise wireless Lan market grew 37% in 2006, and we forecast it to expand another 20% this year," said Elmer Choy, an analyst at Dell'Oro.

"Despite the strong market performance over the past few years, wireless Lan penetration in enterprises is still only about 15%.

"Dependent access points and wireless Lan controllers, which now account for three quarters of the market revenue, have contributed significantly to this growth by enabling much larger networks, and will drive penetration to reach almost 30% over the next five years," said Choy.

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