SOURCE: Synergy Research Group

June 03, 2005 09:30 ET

Asia/Pacific Wireless LAN (WLAN) Sales Show Mixed Results in First Quarter 2005

Aruba and Buffalo Demonstrate Largest Market Share Gains in the Asia/Pacific Region, According to Synergy Research Group

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 3, 2005 -- According to Synergy Research Group's latest report, Q1 2005 Wireless LANs (WLAN) APAC Market Shares, the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) market in Asia/Pacific grew four percent sequentially and was up nearly 20 percent year-over-year.

According to expert market analysis by Synergy Research Group (SRG), Asia/Pacific Consumer WLAN Equipment sales were up 10 percent while Enterprise class WLAN equipment sales were down nine percent. Further, the report shows that the Consumer WLAN segment represents the bulk of the opportunity in the region, representing over 70 percent of the total WLAN market in APAC. Consumer WLAN demand continues to intensify driven by a growing number of Consumer multimedia and new MIMO products, which are widely popular in the region.

"In Q1 2005 the Enterprise WLAN market in Asia experienced a slight drop, which is seasonally typical for the quarter. Furthermore, Enterprise sales were slowed, to a lesser extent, by the market's transition from distributed, overlay deployments, toward more integrated and centralized architectures," said Aaron Vance, Senior Analyst with Synergy Research Group. "However, the consumer WLAN market in the Asia/Pacific region continues to heat up, driven primarily by continued sales of 802.11g products."

Table 1. Q1 2005 APAC Enterprise WLAN Market Shares
                  Position         Q-Q Growth

Airespace            1               -16%

Symbol               2               -22%

Cisco                3               -12%


Table 2. Q1 2005 APAC SOHO/Home WLAN Market Shares
                  Position         Q-Q Growth

Buffalo              1                17%

D-Link               2                27%

Linksys              3                 0%

NETGEAR              4                46%
Notable sequential market share gainers for the quarter included Aruba, Buffalo, D-Link, Extreme, NETGEAR, and ZyXEL.

Important Note: Synergy's coverage of the WLAN market now includes Enterprise Wireless Switches/Controllers and "Light" Access Points.

Synergy reports are available for purchase at www.srgresearch.com or by contacting Heather Wilson at 602-287-9097.

Synergy Research Group (SRG) is a market research firm, which specializes in quarterly market analysis, market share, forecasting, and strategic consulting. SRG offers a wide breadth of market research services to the equipment manufacturing, semiconductor, and financial communities. Synergy can be found at www.srgresearch.com.

The contents of this press release represent SRG's interpretation and analysis of statistics and information collected from authorized company representatives, industry sources, and SRG estimates. SRG does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the statistics or information contained in this release.

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