WLAN Sales Back on the Climb

The latest report from Synergy Research Group Inc. finds that enterprise wireless LAN sales grew by 3 percent sequentially in the second quarter of this year.

The enterprise market grew around 15 percent year-on-year, Synergy analyst Aaron Vance tells Unstrung. The report echoes recent research from the Dell'Oro Group, which said this week that the enterprise WLAN market had grown 17 percent (see Switch Sales Boost WLAN).

As the table below shows, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is still the Big Daddy in the corporate world, with Symbol Technologies Inc. (NYSE: SBL) holding steady in second position and 3Com Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS) at three.

Table 1: 2Q05 Global Enterprise WLAN Market Shares
Company Position Quarter-on-quarter growth
Cisco 1 16%
Symbol 2 12%
3Com 3 25%
Aruba 4 95%
Source: Synergy Research

But switch player Aruba Wireless Networks has seen the most dramatic growth spurt, with market share up 95 percent quarter-on-quarter, according to Synergy. The startup recently announced that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) will roll with Aruba boxes in its 802.11 campus network (see Aruba Wins Microsoft Deal).

As readers have noted, rival startup Trapeze Networks Inc. hasn't yet seen a similar growth, despite OEM agreements with Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT).

We asked the number-crunchers at Synergy about this.

"To my knowledge the Nortel OEM hasn't really kicked in yet for Trapeze, and the 3Com relationship has yielded relatively low volumes thus far," says Vance. "It's still early -- I'm hopeful to get numbers directly from Trapeze next quarter."

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

lrmobile_strungup 12/5/2012 | 3:04:59 AM
re: WLAN Sales Back on the Climb Sounds a bit on the high side. Don't know if this is based on small revenue base they're building on.
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:04:31 AM
re: WLAN Sales Back on the Climb I imagine the Microsoft deal is an important part of that number.

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