SOURCE: Infonetics Research

March 25, 2008 20:34 ET

Infonetics Research: WiFi phones up 60%, wireless LAN equipment up 20% in 2007; Cisco dominates

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Worldwide sales of wireless LAN equipment, including independent and dependent access points and WLAN switches and controllers, hit $1.9 billion in 2007, up 20% from 2006, driven by the increased rollout of enterprise wireless LANs and accelerating upgrading to 802.11n, according to Infonetics Research's latest Wireless LAN Equipment and Phones quarterly report.

Sales of enterprise single mode WiFi phones also jumped, up 61% in 2007, as adoption of wireless VoIP continued to penetrate the enterprise market, the report shows.

"Wireless LAN is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous technology and is commonly embedded into laptops, PDAs, phones, game consoles, and media adapters. Its widespread availability, affordability, flexibility and usage will make it an important technology even as other high speed wireless technologies like 3.5G and mobile WiMAX come to the fore. Additionally, WiFi-enabled smartphones like the iPhone and RIM's WiFi Blackberry will significantly increase WiFi hotspot traffic. In January 2008, AT&T, which offers the iPhone in the US, took over Starbucks' hotspots from T-Mobile, giving this segment an injection of fresh stimulus," said Richard Webb, directing analyst for wireless and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  For the quarter, worldwide wireless LAN equipment revenue is down 1%
    in 4Q07, following an all-time high in 3Q07
--  Worldwide WLAN revenue is forecast to hit $3.4B in 2011
--  WLAN switch and controller revenue is up 15% in 4Q07, driving
    dependent access point shipments
--  The speed benefits of 802.11n products are undeniable, but adoption
    will be gradual, as enterprises want to see a return on their 802.11g
    investments before upgrading
--  Cisco continues to dominate the worldwide WLAN equipment market,
    holding the #1 position in enterprise and service provider segments, with
    WLAN revenue now topping $200M each quarter
--  The jostling between Aruba and Motorola for #2 position in the still-
    growing enterprise segment continues, with Trapeze Networks leading the
    rest of the chasers

Infonetics' report tracks WLAN independent access points split by enterprise and service provider, dependent access points, WLAN switches and controllers, and enterprise single-mode WiFi phones. WLAN hardware revenue is broken out by enterprise and service provider customers. Forecasts and market share are updated quarterly.

Companies tracked include 3Com/HC3, Aerohive Networks, Aruba Networks, Browan, Cisco, Colubris, D-Link, Extricom, Extreme, Gemtek, HTC, Meru Networks, Motorola, NETGEAR, Polycom, ProCurve, Proxim, SMC Networks, Trapeze Networks, Vocera, Zultys, and others.

Download report highlights by logging in to Infonetics' access portal from (see the Wireless and FMC area). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom. Services include market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst, WiMAX, WiFi & Mobile Devices
    Infonetics Research
    +1 (408) 583-3369 or +44 (0) 1689-851-618
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