SOURCE: Synergy Research Group

February 21, 2006 13:56 ET

Next Generation Enterprise Wireless LAN Equipment Grows 76% in 2005

Enterprise Infrastructure Devices Sales Grow by Double-Digits, According to Synergy Research Group

RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2006 --According to Synergy Research Group's latest report, Q4 2005 Wireless LAN Worldwide Market Shares, the global Wireless LAN market grew seven percent sequentially and was up over 13 percent year-over-year.

According to expert market analysis by Synergy Research Group (SRG), Consumer Wireless LAN Equipment sales were up nine percent while Enterprise class Wireless LAN equipment sales were up four percent. Further, the report shows that the Consumer Wireless LAN segment represents the bulk of the opportunity worldwide, representing over 60 percent of the total Wireless LAN market.

"2005 was another strong year in both the Enterprise and Consumer Wireless LAN markets, growing 13 percent over 2004," said Aaron Vance, Senior Analyst at Synergy Research Group. "Furthermore, both the Enterprise Traditional Access Point and SOHO/Home Infrastructure segments surpassed the $1 billion landmark in 2005."

Table 1.  2005 WW Enterprise WLAN Market Shares
             Position       Y-Y Growth

Cisco           1               18%

Symbol          2               13%

3Com            3               -2%

Aruba           4              165%


Table 2.  2005 WW SOHO/Home WLAN Market Shares
             Position       Y-Y Growth

Linksys         1               13%

D-Link          2               15%

NETGEAR         3               20%

Buffalo         4               45%
Notable sequential market share gainers for the quarter included 3Com, Belkin, Buffalo, Cisco, Extreme, and Symbol.

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

Synergy reports are available for purchase at www.srgresearch.com or by contacting Heather Wilson at 775.852.3330 ext. 101.

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. SRG 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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