IHS: 4.7M WLAN access points shipped in Q1 2016

IHS Technology said wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment sales totalled $1.2 billion (€1 billion) worldwide in the first quarter of 2016, declining 14 per cent sequentially due to seasonal demand factors, but continuing on an overall growth trajectory. On a year-on-year basis, revenue was up 5 per cent, slightly ahead of the 4 per cent growth rate in 2015. The research company noted that the shipment of access points increased by 20 per cent year-on-year to 4.7 million units. Average selling prices have not materially increased despite the good adoption of 802.11ac and Wave 2 products. IHS noted that demand for WLAN is strong, but monetising that demand has been a challenge for the last two years as organisations chose lower-cost approaches. Report