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Channel opportunities in Wi-Fi
This article is part of the MicroScope issue of June 2016
Barely a year after HP announced plans to strengthen its WLAN capabilities with the acquisition of Aruba Networks, Brocade has just revealed it plans to buy WLAN specialist Ruckus and Dell has announced a partnership with Aerohive. The coalescing around WLAN operations is interesting because it comes at a time when the overall WLAN market is standing still with IDC reporting the combined enterprise and consumer WLAN market declined by 0.3% in 2015. The enterprise WLAN market grew by a less than inspiring 3.7% in that period. IDC ascribed the reduction in the annual growth rate to “the confluence of two factors: a hold on new WLAN projects due to the uncertain short-term trajectory of the global economy and market anticipation of the full availability of Wave 2 802.11ac products”. It noted that the 802.11ac standard accounts for 54.5% of dependent access point unit shipments and 71.3% of dependent access point revenues, and the adoption rate from 802.11n is notably faster than from 802.11a/b/g to 802.11n. “For the full year 2015,...
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