WLAN revenues reach $1.7 billion, report says

Wireless LAN infrastructure continues to grow, up 14 percent year over year. Market research firm Dell'Oro breaks down the numbers.

A new report from telecom market research firm Dell'Oro Group notes that wireless LAN, or WLAN, revenues grew 14 percent year-over-year, showing continued growth as companies and people expect connected technology wherever they go.

The higher revenues were also due in part to a 10 percent increase in selling prices between the third quarter and the fourth. Overall, the market posted a record $1.7 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter.

Almost a half-million enterprise-ready and outdoor Wi-Fi devices were shipped in 2011, a 170 percent increase year-over-year. The biggest movers and shakers: education (22 percent of the market in the second half of 2011), healthcare (14 percent), and "carpeted enterprise" -- that is, the modern white-collar office (12 percent).

The research firm said there was also "rapid" growth in the service provider group.

"The outdoor Wi-Fi market is undergoing a rapid pace of innovation as service providers demand integration between cellular and Wi-Fi radio technologies, as well as increased user management capabilities," said Dell'Oro analyst Chris DePuy.

Cisco continues to dominate the enterprise WLAN market, with Aruba Networks and Hewlett Packard trailing; meanwhile, Netgear tops the SOHO market, and BelAir Networks leads the outdoor segment.