Campus LaptopThe worldwide market for enterprise and consumer wireless local area networks grew 10.8% year over year in 2Q13, with the enterprise market segment increasing at a 14.8% clip, according to preliminary results of the IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker.

“Across all verticals and geographies, enterprise IT continues to see an explosion of mobility applications running on more devices than ever, resulting in new investments in WLAN infrastructure,” IDC VP of network infrastructure Rohit Mehra was quoted in a press release. “While growth slowed slightly this quarter compared to previous quarters, the growing mobility needs of education, retail, healthcare, and other distributed enterprise segments will continue to fuel substantial growth in the overall enterprise WLAN market.”

Growth in the enterprise WLAN segment was greatest in emerging market regions, with the market in Latin America growing 38.8% year over year and Asia-Pacific growing 20.4%. The North America market grew 14.9%, while the WLAN market in Europe, Middle East and Africa region grew 6.4% year over year in 2Q13.

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The consumer WLAN market segment, meanwhile, grew at a healthy 6.5% rate year over year in 2Q, comparable to that of 1Q.

Commented IDC Worldwide Networking Trackers Group senior research analyst Petr Jirovsky, “Although regional and country-level WLAN growth trends varied widely in 2Q13, the worldwide outlook for the enterprise, service provider, and consumer segments remains optimistic due to highly anticipated network upgrade cycles.”

Key takeaways from the preliminary results include:

  • Cisco’s 2Q13 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue grew 16.7% year over year, slightly above the overall market. Cisco’s 2Q13 enterprise WLAN revenue reached a record $581 million in the quarter. The North American market was especially strong for Cisco this quarter and now accounts for 58.4% of worldwide revenue, up from 48.8% in 1Q13. Cisco’s worldwide market share stands at 53.7% in 2Q13, its highest share since 4Q10.
  • Aruba (excluding its OEM business) grew its enterprise revenue 13.6% year over year in the second quarter, which was, in essence, on par with the overall market and an improvement over the 8.5% year-over-year increase Aruba experienced in 1Q13. Aruba now holds 11% of the enterprise WLAN market.
  • HP’s overall enterprise WLAN revenue increased 17.7% year over year in 2Q13 and reached $65.7 million in 2Q13. This was a noticeable improvement in annual growth when compared to HP’s results for the last few quarters. As a result, HP’s market share increased to 6.0% of the market in 2Q13, up from 5.4% in 1Q13.
  • Ruckus grew a solid 37.3% year over year in 2Q13 and now accounts for 5.5% of the overall market.

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