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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – December 2, 2014 –A recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, revealed the Wireless LAN (WLAN) market grew eight percent in the third quarter 2014 versus the year-ago period. Enterprise-class 802.11ac-based radio access points grew a robust 40 percent versus the second quarter 2014.

“As of 3Q14, new 802.11ac devices represent only six percent of the installed base of all Enterprise-class access points. Next year, we expect two important stimuli to drive 802.11ac further. First, so-called Wave 2 devices that support higher speeds than the current Wave 1 devices will hit the market in the first six months. Second, in the US market, government funding to expand Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries, called E-rate, is expected to be released,” said Chris DePuy, Vice President of Wireless LAN research at Dell’Oro Group. “We also expect Wave 2 devices to cause a mini-upgrade cycle for higher-speed Ethernet switching infrastructure with speeds that will likely include recently introduced 2.5 and 5 Gbps, as well as 1 and 10 Gbps, which have been available for several years.”

In the third quarter 2014, the top three vendors in the combined Enterprise-Class and Outdoor Mesh Nodes category were Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless.

  • 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.
  • Enterprise Edge Quarterly Report addresses the trend towards convergence of Wired Ethernet and Wireless LAN. The Report offers complete in-depth coverage of the following segments: WLAN Access Points; Enterprise Controllers (wireless and wired); Campus ‘Edge’ Ethernet Switches and Access Management Software. Separate breakouts of Ethernet Switch and Wireless LAN are included, with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, active connections, and average selling prices.

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