A new report from the Dell'Oro Group indicates that the worldwide wireless LAN market reached record revenues in 2010, growing 25 percent to surpass $5 billion. The firm also said that the small office/home office (SOHO) segment exceeded $3 billion in revenues, while the enterprise WLAN market exceeded $2 billion in 2010--that segment's fastest growth rate since 2006.
"The enterprise WLAN segment has now seen seven straight quarters of revenue growth, having pushed its way over the $500 million mark for the first time in the third quarter of 2010, and then over the $600 million mark in the fourth quarter," stated Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst of WLAN research at Dell'Oro Group.
Shalinsky said growth came from the education and vertical segments as well as the general enterprise. "We believe this to be another sign of the continued importance of wireless LAN to companies' networking infrastructures, and of a worldwide economy that is on the upswing. Almost all enterprise WLAN vendors had at least modest quarterly revenue gains in the fourth quarter, but Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU), Cisco, and Aruba each posted quarterly revenue gains of more than 10 percent," she said.
Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Belkin, Netgear, Tropos, and ZyXel each posted full-year 2010 WLAN revenue growth exceeding 40 percent, Dell'Oro said.
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