REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 27, 2013 –

A recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, illustrated the gains the Wireless LAN (WLAN) market posted in the fourth quarter, posting 15 percent revenue growth over the same period last year.  Outdoor shipments were strongest, followed by Enterprise-class devices.  Small Office Home Office (SOHO) devices experienced weaker growth than other segments in its second full quarter of 802.11ac shipments.

“WLAN vendors are working towards deeper integration with wired network and software infrastructure.  The promise of both types of integration will be to allow lower cost or more secure operations,” explained Chris DePuy, Analyst of Wireless LAN research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Additionally, the small business and distributed branch opportunity has become a focal point for the industry.  Soaring WLAN usage has driven owners of smaller-sized locations to increase the number of access points, forcing them to choose between either managing a larger number of SOHO-class devices one at a time, or upgrading to Enterprise-class systems.   This phenomenon has represented an expansion of the Enterprise-class WLAN market, benefitting primarily vendors offering cloud-managed and controller-less systems,” said DePuy.

In the fourth quarter, vendors in the combined Enterprise-Class and Outdoor Mesh Nodes category that grew year-over-year revenues fastest were Aerohive, Cisco, Ericsson, Ruckus Wireless, and Xirrus.  In the SOHO market, NETGEAR was top-ranked by shipments, followed by D-Link.  In the Service Provider WiFi market, Cisco Systems, Ericsson and Ruckus Wireless were the top three vendors by revenue.

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The Dell’Oro Group Wireless LAN Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the Service Provider, Enterprise, and SOHO markets with tables containing manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and unit shipments by the following wireless standards: 802.11g, 802.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac. To purchase this report, please contact Julie Learmond-Criqui, call +1.650.622.9400 x244 or email Julie@DellOro.com.

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