Feeds

Enterprise falls in love with wireless networking

IDC figures

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Sales of wireless networking equipment destined for the enterprise showed healthy growth in the last quarter, outstripping the pace of growth in the residential sector, according to new figures from IDC. Shipments of wireless routers/gateways that are primarily for the residential market grew by two per cent from Q3 to Q4 2004, compared to 19 per cent growth in the enterprise segment.

Overall, WLAN infrastructure revenue gained only 0.8 percent, but WLAN client revenue jumped by 27 per cent. NETGEAR now leads the market having gained nearly three per cent market share in the quarter.

"The residential market did not reach its saturation point already, but growth rates will be lower than reached in the past quarters," IDC analyst Evelien Wiggers told The Register. "The enterprise segment has been slower to pick up since security and management issues are playing a more important role than in the residential segment."

More evidence that PCs are increasingly connecting to wireless networks comes from the kind of WLAN kit that is selling well, IDC says. Even though more and more laptops and desktops are shipping with pre-installed WLAN connections, vendors of PCI adapters and USB receivers experienced positive growth during this quarter, which indicates that more desktops are being attached to a wireless network. ®

Related stories

IEEE rejects Nokia-backed next-gen Wi-Fi proposal
Wi-Fi security is getting worse
T-Mobile launches WiMax net access for UK trains

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?
It's not yet been released but everyone thinks it's the dog's danglies
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.