WLAN Gear Revenue Up 12% As Businesses Resume Spending

Worldwide wireless LAN equipment revenue soared 12 percent from the third quarter of 2009 to the same three months in 2010, with North America and EMEA leading the way, according to new stats from Infonetics Research.

Both regions recorded double-digit sequential and year-over-year growth, the firm said this week. The improvement points to businesses return to spending after some years in the economic doldrums.

North America is doing well in many equipment markets this quarter, and EMEA is back on track after stalling” in 2010s second quarter, said Matthias Machowinski, Infonetics directing analyst for enterprise networks and video.

All told, Infonetics expects the WLAN market to grow more than 17 percent in 2010, compared to 2009. In 2010s third quarter alone, WLAN equipment sales, from around the globe, topped $680 million, with Cisco Systems Inc., Aruba and HP leading the way.

Excluding Wi-Fi phones, Cisco moved up four percentage points to claim 51 percent of worldwide WLAN gear market share. Aruba maintained its hold on second place and, thanks to the 3Com acquisition, HP joined the top three, Infonetics said.

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