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Cisco remains in top spot in enterprise WLAN equipment market

November 19, 2012 | By Alyssa Dalton

November 19, 2012 – Cisco remains in the top spot of the enterprise Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) equipment market with 36% of the world market share, according to a recent report by ABI Research. Cisco is followed by ZTE and Aruba based on shipments.

The report finds Cisco has a “dominating presence in North America and European markets, but is increasingly losing ground from close competition from ZTE in APAC, Latin America, and MEA”. Aruba grabs the third position by marginally beating HP Procurve with a stronger presence in North America and Europe with little or no presence in Asia and Latin American markets.

“Increasing bandwidth requirement continues to drive 802.11n (Dualband) wireless protocol while the market slowly starts to adopt its successor and more advanced 802.11ac protocol in the enterprise WLAN market,” said Adarsh Krishnan, senior analyst, TV, video and broadband.

In the consumer/SOHO WLAN market segment, the report found that TP-Link dominates the equipment market, taking the lion’s share of the APAC market and is becoming a growing presence in other regions. Netgear takes the second spot with a strong market share in North America and Europe followed by D-Link. TP-Link maintains its dominance in APAC, while it competes with ZTE and Technicolor who are increasing their market share in Latin America. As of the first half of 2012, ZTE continues to lose its market share to TP-Link and Technicolor in the region.


“Dual and triple play services from broadband Internet service providers continue to drive the residential gateway equipment market where Netgear continues to be the market leader worldwide,” added Sam Rosen, practice director, TV, video and broadband.

ABI Research’s study on Wi-Fi Equipment covers worldwide consumer and enterprise W-LAN equipment market. The report tracks equipment by product type, wireless protocol, and geography. The report contains market shares of leading WLAN equipment manufacturers worldwide based on quarterly shipment data and forecasts.

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