The enterprise wireless Lan market posted strong results in the last quarter of 2005, growing 29 per cent year-over-year to $263m, research published today has revealed.
According to the latest market report from Dell'Oro Group, the enterprise Wi-Fi sector's growth was fuelled primarily by strong sales of dependent access points and wireless Lan switch/server/appliances.
For the full-year in 2005, the enterprise wireless Lan market also posted strong revenue results, growing 20 per cent as dependent access point shipments tripled and wireless Lan switch/server/appliance shipments doubled.
The report also showed that sales of small office/home office (Soho) wireless Lan equipment increased 14 per cent and unit shipments surged 33 per cent during 2005.
"Wireless Lan equipment in the Soho market is still used primarily to share a broadband connection," said Greg Collins, senior director of wireless Lan research at Dell'Oro Group.
"We estimate that over one-third of broadband subscribers had wireless Lan functionality at the end of 2005, up from approximately 25 per cent at the end of 2004.
"Broadband services, including data, voice, and video, will increasingly rely on wireless Lans to distribute content and services to multiple devices in the home."
According to the analyst firm, total worldwide enterprise wireless Lan market leaders (by revenue) are Cisco, Symbol and Aruba.
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