Top 5 vendors in wireless LAN equipment market in first quarter 2012

Telecom Lead India: Cisco, Aruba Networks, Motorola, HP
and Ruckus Wireless are the top 5 vendors in wireless LAN equipment market in
the first quarter of 2012.

Cisco and Aruba increased their market share in wireless
LAN equipment market in Q1.

Motorola is now ahead of HP.

Ruckus maintained its 5th position.

Market research firm Infonetics Research said global
wireless LAN equipment revenue dipped 4 percent in Q1 from the previous quarter
to $859 million due to seasonal buying trends.

Access point (AP) shipments have more than doubled over
the last 5 years, and over 3/4 of all units are based on 802.11n technology.

Sales of wireless LAN and Ethernet switching gear declined
sequentially in the first quarter of 2012, mostly due to a typical seasonal
buying lull, but also due to weakness in the EMEA region,” said Matthias
Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics

Despite the sequential lull, on a year-over-year basis,
WLAN market growth remains strong, up in the double digits for the 10th
straight quarter.

Wireless LAN is the more exciting part of the enterprise
networking market, but a number of interesting things are happening on the
wired side as well, including tremendous revenue growth in the 10G Ethernet
switch segment, where port shipments doubled year-over-year and revenue is set
to hit the $10-billion mark next year, as well as rapid adoption of the latest
technology arrival, 40G Ethernet, which has already exceeded expectations,” 
Machowinski added.

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