Worldwide Enterprise WLAN Market Continues Moderate Growth in the First Quarter of 2019, According to IDC

Enterprise WLAN Market Grew 7.1% Year Over Year in 1Q19

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#80211aclt;/agt;–The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area
network (WLAN) market segments increased 6.9% year over year in the
first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), finishing at $2.4 billion. According to
results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly WLAN Tracker
, the enterprise segment grew 7.1% year over
year in 1Q19 to reach $1.4 billion while consumer WLAN market revenue
increased 6.6%, finishing at $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 enterprise WLAN is now dominated by the 802.11ac standard, which
makes 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 also known as WiFi 6, will increase in the market
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 1Q19.

“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
, senior research analyst, Network
at IDC. “Meanwhile, the coming WiFi 6 standard will
be a major driver of growth in the WLAN market in the coming years,
especially in the advanced enterprise segments of the market.”

From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market saw its
strongest 1Q19 growth in the Middle East & Africa region, which rose
23.8%. Notable growth in the region came from the United Arab Emirates
increasing 25.7% year over year and Saudi Arabia growing 38.1%. The
Western European region grew 10.8%, with the Netherlands up 20.4% and
Norway growing 44.4%. Central and Eastern Europe grew 1.6% with the
Czech Republic up 16.8% and Russia, the region’s largest market,
declining 15.8%. The Asia/Pacific region (excluding Japan) grew 2.4%
with China increasing 9.0% year over year. Japan dropped 14.3% in 1Q19.
The United States market grew 11.8% while Canada was off 0.4%.

“The enterprise WLAN market recorded growth across the globe, albeit
with varying rates depending on the region,” said Petr
, research director, Worldwide
Networking Trackers
. “Vendors who hold the largest market share in
the enterprise WLAN market drove growth in the most recent quarter,
which is a positive sign for the WLAN industry in the future.”

1Q19 Company Highlights

  • Cisco saw its worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue increase 11.6%
    year over year in 1Q19. Cisco’s worldwide market share came in at
    46.8% in 1Q19, up from 44.3% in 4Q18. The company’s Meraki
    cloud-managed WLAN portfolio remains one of the primary growth drivers
    for Cisco.
  • Aruba-HPE revenues rose 20.3% year over year in 1Q19.
    Aruba-HPE’s market share stands at 14.1% in 1Q19, up from 12.6% a year
  • Ubiquiti revenue increased 17.8% year over year in 1Q19,
    accounting for 7.3% of the market.
  • ARRIS/Ruckus revenue fell 27.6% year over year in 1Q19. ARRIS
    market share stands at 5.2%. After the end of 1Q19 (April 2019)
    CommScope completed the purchase of Ruckus Networks’ parent company,
  • Huawei revenues grew 9.3% year over year in 1Q19, giving the
    company 4.2% of the global market.

A graphic illustrating the worldwide market share of the top 5
enterprise WLAN companies over the previous five quarters is available
by viewing this
press release on

The IDC Worldwide
Quarterly WLAN Tracker
provides total market size and vendor share
data in an easy-to-use Excel Pivot Table format. The geographic coverage
includes eight major regions (USA, Canada, Latin America, Asia/Pacific
(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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