Worldwide WLAN Market Shows Slowing Growth in First Quarter of 2014, According to IDC

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29 May 2014

Enterprise WLAN Market Grew 10.3% Year over Year in First Quarter of 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 29, 2014 – The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 7.0% year over year in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14). According to the preliminary results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment continued to grow at a healthy rate and increased 10.3% over the same period last year. While the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth has been steadily decreasing over the last several quarters, the market continues to be one of the faster growing networking market segments. The consumer WLAN market also had a stable quarter in 1Q14 and grew 3.8% year over year. The growth in the consumer WLAN space benefited from the ongoing transition from the older 802.11n standard to the newer and faster 802.11ac standard as well as a solid performance in emerging markets.

"WLAN infrastructure continues to be a bright spot in the networking market, with mobility and cloud driving investments and refresh cycles across geographies and verticals," said Rohit Mehra, Vice President, Network Infrastructure, at IDC. "While a stabilizing growth rate suggests the market maturing, new vertical-specific use cases and the ramping adoption of the emerging 802.11ac standard will fuel sustained growth in the enterprise WLAN market for the foreseeable future."

From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market performed especially well in Latin America with its 33.3% year-over-year growth in 1Q14. Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region followed with a 12.1% year-over-year increase. Asia/Pacific grew just under 10% at 9.9% year over year and North America grew below the overall market level at 7.7% year over year.

"Although some of the leading vendors experienced flattening revenues in the first quarter, growth in the worldwide enterprise WLAN market will remain strong as technological evolutions drive network upgrades as well as greenfield deployments," said Petr Jirovsky, Research Manager, Worldwide Networking Trackers.

Key Enterprise WLAN Vendor Updates

  • Cisco's 1Q14 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue was flat year over year and declined -11.6% quarter over quarter due to typical seasonality. Cisco was particularly impacted by relative weakness in the Service Provider vertical in the Asia/Pacific region, which declined -16.8% year over year. Cisco's worldwide market share stands at 47.9% in 1Q14, down from 48.4% in 4Q13 and 52.8% in 1Q13.
  • Aruba (excluding its OEM business) had a very strong quarter in 1Q14 and revenue increased 25.4% year over year and 8.4% sequentially on strength across its product portfolio, including the 802.11ac and Aruba Instant access points. Aruba's market share increased to 11.9% of the enterprise WLAN market, up from the 9.8% in 4Q13 and 10.5% in 1Q13.
  • Ruckus also handily outperformed the overall enterprise WLAN market after growing 36.4% year over year and 4.1% quarter over quarter in 1Q14. Ruckus now accounts for 6.7% of the overall market, up from 5.4% in 1Q13.
  • HP's 1Q14 revenue underperformed the overall market and decreased -10.5% year over year and slipped below $50 million for the quarter. As a result, HP's market share dropped to 4.4% of the market from 5.4% last quarter. 



Chart: Top Five Enterprise WLAN Vendors, Revenue Market Size ($M), 1Q13 to 1Q14

Description: Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, May 2014 Note: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker provides insight into customer trends by delivering total market size and vendor share data for the enterprise class and consumer class WLAN markets across eight regions and 60 countries. The data is further segmented by product category, product, standard, and location. Shipment and revenue data are provided. For more information, or to subscribe to the research, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 1-650-350-6423 or Further detail about this tracker can be found at:

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The IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker provides total market size and vendors share data in an easy-to-use Excel Pivot Table format. The geographic coverage includes eight major regions (USA, Canada, Latin America, AP excluding Japan, Japan, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) and 58 countries. The WLAN market is further segmented by product class, product type, product, standard, and location. Measurement for the WLAN market is provided in factory revenue, customer revenue, and unit shipments.

For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, please contact Kathy Nagamine (

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