Worldwide Enterprise WLAN Market Continues Moderate Growth in Q1 2019

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According to IDC, the combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market increased 6.9% year-over-year (YoY) in Q1 2019, finishing at US$2.4 billion.

IDC’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker’ reported that the enterprise segment grew 7.1% YoY in Q1 2019 to reach $1.4 billion, while consumer WLAN market revenue increased 6.6% to $1.0 billion. The market is being driven by enterprises continuing to upgrade their wireless infrastructure as users and devices rely on an increasing array of bandwidth-heavy applications.

The report noted that the enterprise WLAN market is now dominated by the 802.11ac standard, making up 86.4% of dependent access-point (AP) shipments and 93.1% of enterprise WLAN dependent AP revenues. The next iteration of the standard – 802.11ax, or WiFi 6 – will increase throughout the rest of 2019 and into 2020. In the consumer WLAN market, the 802.11ac standard accounted for 58.0% of shipments and 79.2% of revenue in Q1 2019.

“The WLAN market continues to see steady, moderate growth as enterprises invest in wireless connectivity to support the continued demand for access technology,” said Brandon Butler, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC. “The coming WiFi 6 standard will be a major driver in the coming years, especially in the advanced enterprise segments.”

Enterprise WLAN market share statistics:

  • Cisco revenue increased 11.6% YoY in Q1 2019, with a worldwide market share of 46.8%, up from 44.3% in Q4 2018;
  • Aruba-HPE revenue increased 20.3% YoY in Q1 2019, with a worldwide market share of 14.1%, up from 12.6% in Q1 2018;
  • Ubiquiti revenue increased 17.8% YoY in Q1 2019, with a worldwide market share of 7.3%;
  • ARRIS/Ruckus revenue fell 27.6% in Q1 2019, with a worldwide market share of 5.2%; and
  • Huawei revenues grew 9.3% YoY in Q1 2019, with a 4.2% global market share.