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Australian Wireless LAN Market To Double in 2004, Reveals IDC

  • 28 June, 2004 14:57

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, June 28th, 2004 – According to the latest “IDC Australia Quarterly WLAN” research, the overall WLAN market will grow 90% in 2004 from A$43 million in 2003, a growth fuelled by consumer and enterprise markets. IDC’s WLAN research includes Access Points, Wireless/Broadband Routers, Bridges, Wireless NICs and Wireless Switches.</p>
<p>This year the consumer market will take the lead growing 120% compared to 2003, followed also by an impressive growth in the enterprise segment. The WLAN market is finally reaching a maturation point and enterprises will increasingly adopt it to complement to their network infrastructure strategy.</p>
<p>WLAN technologies have penetrated the small and medium business in Australia, but until now, large enterprises had not widely adopted this technology. Issues that previously prevented enterprises from embracing it were security, lack of scalability and centralised management.</p>
<p>“Now with Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), the recent ratification of 802.11i and the increased supply in corporate tailored solutions, such as wireless switches and wireless blades, issues of scalability and centralised management will diminish,” said Susana Vidal, Telecommunications Analyst at IDC.</p>
<p>The future of WLAN adoption in the consumer “Digital Home” side is also looking positive. Broadband adoption is increasing, key players such as Linksys and Buffalo are entering the market, and a number of devices with embedded wireless chips flooding the market. “Adoption of Digital Home devices will definitely play an important role in the increase of WLAN usage in Australian homes. Online gaming, file/media sharing, MP3s streaming among others will boost home networks deployments,” added Ms Vidal.</p>
<p>A Summary of Market Activity in Q104:</p>
<p>* Netgear is the leader in Q104 for the WLAN market. Netgear took over Cisco’s lead in 2003 mainly due to customer wins in the Education sector.
* Besides Netgear, Cisco, D-Link and Belkin continue to be the main players in the market. However we will see the emergence of enterprise focussed WLAN players such as Proxim, Nortel and Symbol, over the next 2 years.
* In the Access Point segment, Netgear, Cisco and D-Link made up more than 60% of the total market.
* The wireless NIC segment is more fragmented with Netgear, Cisco, D-Link and Symbol dominating the market, but adding up only 35% of the total NIC market.</p>
<p>IDC’s Quarterly WLAN Tracker research includes information on the Access Points, Bridges Wireless Routers/Gateways, Wireless NICs and Wireless Switches, also vertical splits and forecasts and analysis.</p>
<p>To purchase this research, please call the IDC sales team on (61 2) 9925-5300 or email Gary Clarke on gclarke@idc.com.</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Susana Vidal
Analyst, Telecommunications
Email: svidal@idc.com
Phone: 61 2 9925 2223</p>

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