WLAN on a healthy rise in EMEA

EMEA stands only second to North America in worldwide wireless LAN equipment revenue for the first quarter of 2007, according to Infonetics Research.

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By  Administrator Published  June 30, 2007

EMEA stands only second to North America in worldwide wireless LAN equipment revenue for the first quarter of 2007, according to Infonetics Research.

As per the latest Wireless LAN Equipment quarterly market share report, the worldwide revenue for WLAN equipment touched US$775 million - up 5% from the previous quarter - with the EMEA accounting for 35%.

North America accounted for the largest share with 40% while the APAC region made up 20% and CALA brought up the rear at 5%.

The report continues that a majority of the WLAN equipment revenue came from enterprise products (51%), while residential products contributed 43% and service provider products 6%. Access points accounted for 78% with WLAN switch products making up 22% in the first quarter of 2007. Cisco led the wireless access point revenue followed by Linksys and Netgear.

The report predicts that worldwide WLAN equipment revenue will grow to $4.7 billion by 2010.

In a separate report, Infonetics stated that revenues for the WAN optimisation market during 1Q 2007, which was $106 million worldwide, was up 61% from a year ago even as it saw a dip of 4% from the previous quarter.

The average revenue per unit for WAN optimisation appliances also dropped by 1% in 1Q07 to $8,525.

However, Infonetics predicts healthy double-digit annual growth in the worldwide WAN optimisation market through 2010, when it will reach $652 million.

Meanwhile, the enterprise router market took an unexpected downward turn in the first quarter of 2007, with worldwide revenue dropping 6% to $1 billion, the report shows.

Cisco continued to lead the total enterprise router market, with 75% of the worldwide market share in 1Q07. Juniper moved up to 2nd position for total enterprise router revenue, and the newly combined 3Com/H3C rose to 3rd, as Huawei slipped to 4th.

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