Wireless local area network grew by 4.5% in Q1

The over all picture for Worldwide WLAN market looks pretty rosy as the market grew by 4.5 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, according to an IDC study. The growth has been attributed to number of factors including better economic situation, refresh cycles, greater availability of Wave 2 802.11ac products, and continued fulfillment of e-rate contracts in the education vertical in the United States. There has been a marked improvement on 802.11ac standard being adopted by many new users with enterprise segment doing better than consumer market. The news will overall boost Structured cabling and Wireless Networking market worldwide.

As per IDC, From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market once again saw its strongest growth rates in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ), which saw 14.8% year-over-year growth in 4Q15 and 11.3% for the full year 2015. Within the APeJ region, China increased 41.4% in 4Q15 and 16.5% for the full year 2015. India also showed strong growth with a 41.9% jump in 4Q15 and 39.3% increase for the full year 2015. The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region saw a healthy 10.7% increase year over year in 4Q15 after a tepid 3Q15. This strong performance helped propel EMEA to a 5.1% growth rate for the full year 2015. Spain, United Arab Emirates, and Netherland all saw growth in excess of 30% year over year in 4Q15. Latin America reversed its declines from 3Q15, growing 0.2% year over year in 4Q15. For the full year 2015, Latin America increased 7.8%. North America was essentially flat on a quarterly and full year basis, growing 0.2% year over year in 4Q15 and 0.4% for the full year.