According to a recent Dell’Oro Group report, double-digit growth characterised the global Wireless LAN (WLAN) market in Q4 of 2018 and for the entire year, despite a soft China.
“The growth of the WLAN market in Q4 and full-year 2018 came primarily from a surge in North America as users refreshed networks with 802.11ac Wave2 products, and opted for extra applications such as higher levels of security, location finding and cloud-managed,” said Ritesh Patel, WLAN analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “We predict 2019 sales to accelerate as Wi-Fi 6 shifts from an early shipment phase to widespread availability, and vendors bring more applications to market targeted at specific verticals.”
Key findings in the ‘Wireless LAN Quarterly Report’ include:
- During 2018, cloud managed subscription license revenue eclipsed hardware revenue.
- The WLAN market is predicted to enter a period when revenue growth out paces unit growth as users opt for higher-featured, higher-priced Wi-Fi 6 products, and applications deployed via cloud-managed license subscriptions.
- Huawei reported a seasonally strong Q4, staging a remarkable comeback after its low first half of 2018 when Chinese Service Providers stopped deploying WLAN in mobile environments.
- SOHO Wireless Router sales rose 20% during 2018, driven by Whole Home Mesh