Australian Networking Infrastructure Market Takes off in 2018

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Australian Enterprise and Service Provider Ethernet Switch Market grew by 12.4% in 2018 Q1, generating revenues of US$ 122.4 million, according to IDC’s APAC Quarterly Ethernet Switch tracker.

“Good year-on-year growth experienced by the Networking Infrastructure Market in Australia is indicative of the fact that this year may prove to be a promising year for the networking vendors”, said Ahmar Karimullah, IDC Australia’s ANZ Networking Infrastructure Market Analyst.

“Australians continue to adopt technology at a good pace thus generating increased data traffic.”

The market experienced an increase in shipment of high-speed ports. Revenue coming from the enterprise space grew by 15% year on year, while service providers’ revenue growth was stagnant. Most of the revenue generated in the Service Providers landscape was from shipments of 25Gbps and 100Gbps speed ports.

IDC say Cisco continues to lead the way as they held 66% of the market, followed by HPE Networks with 7.5%, Juniper Networks with 3.7%, Arista with 3.6% and Dell with 2.5% in 2018Q1.

The Australian Router market for Enterprise and Service Providers also showed strong year-on-year revenue growth of 25.5%, ending at US$78.67 million in Q1, according to IDC’s APAC Quarterly Router Tracker. Shipment of high-end routers in Service Providers and mid-range routers in enterprises contributed to growth. Cisco continued as the top vendor with a market share of 70.8%, followed by Juniper Networks with 14.2%, Nokia with 7.8%, Huawei with 4.7% and Ericsson with 1.5%.

Although small in comparison to the Ethernet Switch and Router markets, the Australian Wireless Local Area Network market in 2018Q1 made its mark by generating US$ 33.32 million in revenue,  experiencing growth of 19.1% year-on-year. This quarter, 88% of the total units shipped were 802.11ac access points. In this market as well, Cisco remained on top by holding a market share of 58.3%. They were followed by HPE with 15.4%, Riverbed with 6.8%, ARRIS Networks with 5.14% and D-Link with 2.5%.

“The development of both, On- and Off- Premises Data centres, adoption of Hybrid Cloud environments, Service Providers’ preparation for 5G Mobile Technology adoption, Cloud controlled Wi-Fi Solutions, are factors driving growth in the computer networking market in Australia”, added Ahmar.

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