SMC claims 10-fold wireless growth in one year
Sales of SMC Networks’ home and SMB wireless products, such as access points, bridges and routers, have grown by a factor of 10 over the last year alone, according to its regional sales manager.
Sales of SMC Networks’ home and SMB wireless products, such as access points, bridges and routers, have grown by a factor of 10 over the last year, according to its regional sales manager.
"Since prices of these products came down by almost half, around a year ago, we’ve seen sales increase 10-fold," Shahid Ali, regional sales manager, SMC Networks Middle East, told ITP.net. Wireless is probably the hottest topic in IT at present, according to Ali, with SMC "one of the top three" manufacturers selling such products into the region.
Several factors appear to be contributing to the growth of wireless technology in the region. On one hand, wireless networks allow businesses to offer effective hot-desking for employees who might work from several desks on any given day. The gradual expansion of ADSL internet services meanwhile appears to be leading many consumer and business users to consider combination products that not only incorporate wireless access points (for cable-free local networking), but ADSL routers, which allow fast internet connections to be shared between users.
SMC Networks is not the only wireless technology company to be reporting strong sales of wireless products. On the SMB front, 3Com claims to have also seen a large expansion in demand for wireless products. Claire Jones, SMB & distribution manager, 3Com Middle East, told ITP.net: "Since the launch of our SMB team in Match 2004, we've seen month-on-month growth across the region, with strong sales for new and established products, including wireless and LAN products."