The enterprise WLAN market has grown 18.4 per cent compared to the first half of 2021
The enterprise segment of the worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market continued its strong growth in the second quarter of 2022 (2Q22), increasing 20.4 per cent year over year to $US2.1 billion, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Wireless LAN Tracker.
The 20.4 per cent annualized growth builds on the enterprise WLAN market growing 17.1 per cent year over year in the first quarter of 2022. In the first half of 2022, the enterprise WLAN market has grown 18.4 per cent compared to the first half of 2021. Growth in the enterprise WLAN market continues to be driven by the latest Wi-Fi standard, known as Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 6 access points (AP) made up 76.5 per cent of the revenues in the Dependent AP segment and accounted for 62.7 per cent of unit shipments within the segment. Wi-Fi 5 products, also known as 802.11ac, made up the remaining balance of Dependent AP sales.
The consumer segment of the WLAN market declined 3.5 per cent year over year in 2Q22, with the quarter’s unit shipments remaining relatively flat at 0.6 per cent growth compared to the first quarter of 2022. Adoption of Wi-Fi 6 continues in the consumer segment of the WLAN market too: In 2Q22, Wi-Fi 6 made up 33.5 per cent of the market’s revenues.
“The enterprise WLAN market continues to grow at a rapid clip, emphasizing the importance of wireless technology in the network and digital transformation goals of organizations across the globe,” said Brandon Butler, research manager, Enterprise Networks at IDC. “The enterprise WLAN market is not immune to challenges however, with the supply chain disruptions and component shortages being notable examples. But strong demand for wireless refreshes to Wi-Fi 6 – and increasingly to Wi-Fi 6E – is buoying the market and leading to strong growth rates.”
The enterprise WLAN market had mixed results across the globe. In the United States, the market increased 15.7 per cent annually, while in Latin America the market grew 47.7 per cent from a year earlier. In Canada the market declined 1.6 per cent. In Western Europe, the market increased 45.4 per cent, but in Central and Eastern Europe, the market declined 20.6 per cent. Within Central and Eastern Europe, Russia’s market declined 73.2 per cent as the Russia-Ukraine war rages on. In the Middle East & Africa, the market rose 23.2 per cent. In the Asia/Pacific region, excluding Japan and China, the market rose 26.5 per cent, while in the People’s Republic of China the market increased 8.7 per cent year over year. In Japan the market rose 6.2 per cent.
- Cisco’s enterprise WLAN revenues increased 19.3 per cent year over year in 2Q22 to $US792.0 million, giving the company market share of 37.7 per cent, compared to market share of 41.5 per cent in the previous quarter, 1Q22.
- HPE-Aruba revenues rose 48.6 per cent year over year in 2Q22, giving the company market share of 14.9 per cent, down from 16.5 per cent in the first quarter.
- Ubiquiti enterprise WLAN revenues increased 10.5 per cent year over year in 2Q22, giving the company 7.9 per cent market share in the quarter, up from 7.1 per cent in 1Q22.
- Huawei enterprise WLAN revenues rose 20.0 per cent year over year in 2Q22, giving the company 8.5 per cent market share, up from 4.6 per cent market share in the previous quarter.
- H3C revenues increased 16.4 per cent year over year in 2Q22, giving the company market share of 4.6 per cent, up from 4.3 per cent in 1Q22.