'Torrid growth' in enterprise WLAN as BYOD gains traction

The bring-your-own-device trend continues to pick up steam worldwide, according to a new report.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor

Enterprises are seeing "torrid growth" in their wireless local area networks, or WLANs, as the bring-your-own-device trend continues to pick up steam worldwide, according to a new report.

New IDC data shows that enterprise WLAN revenues in the first quarter of 2012 posted a 27.2 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago. The combined consumer and enterprise segments demonstrated year-over-year revenue growth of 13.9 percent.

"The momentum behind bring your own device (BYOD) in the enterprise continues unabated," said IDC's Rohit Mehra, "and is the single largest factor driving enterprise mobility and WLAN market growth."

Quarter-over-quarter was a different story, however: the two segments combined for a 2.9 percent decrease. (IDC says the first quarter tends to be weak on a seasonal basis.)


  • Latin America took the lead in enterprise WLAN revenues, posting a sizable 73.8 percent increase, year over year.
  • North America came in behind that, with 34.5 percent revenue growth;
  • The EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region rounded out the top three with 19.7 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Asia-Pacific was last, with a 16.4 percent increase.

"WLAN investments remain high on the priority list of many CIOs," IDC analyst Petr Jirovsky said.

The vendor breakdown for 1Q12:

  • Cisco: $414 million in quarterly worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue, a 27 percent increase YoY. (North America was 49.4 percent of that.) The company now enjoys 52.4 percent global market share.
  • Aruba: Excluding its OEM business, the company saw a 42.8 percent increase YoY. Market share: 11.6 percent.
  • HP: Saw a 10 percent increase YoY. Market share declined to 5.7 percent.
  • Ruckus: Wins the award for most improved player with 183 percent growth YoY. What's its secret? Service provider and enterprise sales.

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