Cisco has the largest share of the worldwide enterprise Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) equipment market at 36 percent based on shipments, and is followed by ZTE and Aruba, according to ABI Research.
While Cisco has a dominated presence in the North American and European markets, it is losing ground from competition from Chinese vendor ZTE in the Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa markets, noted analysts at ABI Research. Aruba is in third place with a strong presence in North America and Europe, but it has minimal footprint in Asia and Latin America.
ABI Research also shared its observations on 802.11 wireless protocols. "Increasing bandwidth requirement continues to drive 802.11n wireless protocol while the market slowly starts to adopt its successor and more advanced 802.11ac protocol in the enterprise WLAN market," said Adarsh Krishnan, senior analyst, TV, video and broadband.
In the consumer and SOHO WLAN market segment, ABI Research identified TP-LINK as the dominant player in the equipment market. The vendor has the lion's share of the Asia Pacific market and is becoming a growing presence in other regions. Netgear takes the second spot with a strong market share in North America and Europe followed by D-Link.
"Dual and triple play services from broadband Internet service providers continue to drive the residential gateway equipment market where Netgear continues to be the market leader worldwide," commented ABI Research TV, video and broadband practice director, Sam Rosen.
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