Enterprise Leads WLAN Sales Slump in 2009

While overall wireless LAN market sales during 2009 are on track to be 10 percent below 2008, Dell’Oro Group forecasts enterprise WLAN sales will do even worse, falling 17 percent to $1.4 billion.

In contrast, the research firm predicts sales to consumers and SOHO users to fall only 5 percent to $2.6 billion.

However, Dell’Oro reported sales for both segments will begin rising in 2010, continuing through 2013, with the largest increases coming from the enterprise segment.

Ben Kwan, WLAN research analyst for Dell’Oro, said the reason the consumer segment isn’t hit so hard by the recession is cost-conscious consumers are upgrading their WLANs as an inexpensive source of entertainment.

At the same time he said despite lower budgets, both household and enterprise users are opting for the higher-priced, higher-performance 802.11n products. “This trend will lift overall WLAN revenues for the next couple of years,” Kwan said.

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