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Enterprise & Consumer Wi-Fi Steady Growth

Worldwide wireless LAN equipment revenue reached $775 million in the first quarter of 2007, up 5 percent from the previous quarter, according to the Infonetics Research latest quarterly market share report.

The enterprise segment of the WLAN equipment market is especially strong, with double-digit annual revenue growth expected through 2010 as end-user organizations across most verticals adopt WLAN equipment to leverage the benefits of mobility for data and voice networking.

"The consumer and enterprise segments of the wireless LAN market continue to swell, with a new cycle of equipment upgrading now underway, spurred on by the availability of Wi-Fi 802.11n products in the first quarter. Additionally, VoIP over wireless will help push the popularity of wireless LANs in all segments," said Richard Webb, directing analyst for wireless at Infonetics Research.

Infonetics market study highlights include:

- Worldwide WLAN equipment revenue is forecast to grow to $4.7 billion in 2010.

- In 1Q07, enterprise products made up 51 percent of total WLAN equipment revenue, residential products 43 percent, and service provider products 6 percent.

- Worldwide WLAN switch and controller revenue increased 5 percent to $167.5 million in 1Q07.

- Access points accounted for 78 percent of WLAN equipment revenue, WLAN switch products 22 percent in 1Q07.

- Cisco leads in worldwide wireless access point revenue share in 1Q07, followed by Linksys and NETGEAR.

- North America accounts for 40 percent of WLAN equipment revenue in 1Q07; EMEA is next at 35 percent, then Asia Pacific at 20 percent, and CALA at 5 percent.

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