WLAN Market Shake Up
Cisco, Netgear, TP-Link, and Aruba increased their chances for long term survival in the wireless LAN market, according to figures released by market research firm In-Stat. On the other hand, Linksys and Technicolor would like to forget 2010.
Cisco, Netgear, TP-Link, and Aruba increased their chances for long term survival in the wireless LAN market, according to figures released by market research firm In-Stat. On the other hand, Linksys and Technicolor would like to forget 2010.In-Stat found that Cisco was once again the industry's market leader: increasing its revenue from $902 million in 2009 to $1.187 billion in 2011. Netgear moved up from the market's number three position to the second spot as its sales grew from $470 million to $638 million year over year. TP-Link's revenue rose from $178 million in 2009 to $291 million the following year, an impressive 64% jump. In 2009, Aruba was perched in the number 10 spot with $159 million in revenue but leaped to the eighth position on the strength of $236 million in sales.
Technicolor dropped from the second spot to third place as its revenue declined from $470 million to $454 million year over year. Linksys, which is a Cisco brand, saw its sales fall from $417 million in 2010 to $392 million in 2009. In addition, Belkin, which was ranked eighth in 2009, dropped out the Top Ten in 2010 as ZyXEL made its way onto the list.
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Mobility has become a key IT initiative in small and medium businesses. Demonstrating the continued interest in wireless LANs, revenue among the Top Ten vendors increased from $3.75 billion to $4.40 billion, about 18%. Despite the fact that wireless LANs have been shipping for more than a decade, vendors continue to bring innovative solutions to market, and small and medium business contiue to buy them.