Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dell'Oro: Enterprise 802.11ac WLAN Equipment Enters Market

The Enterprise Edge market reached almost $3.5 billion in the second quarter of 2013 -- an increase of two percent versus the year-ago period, according to a new report by Dell"Oro Group. Enterprise-class 802.11ac wireless LAN products shipped for revenue during 2Q13.

"With new 802.11ac-compliant WLAN devices now shipping, enterprises are faced with the prospect of having to upgrade their cabling and campus Ethernet switches to satisfy the greater power and throughput requirements for these devices," said Chris DePuy, Vice President of Enterprise Edge research at Dell'Oro Group.  "Much of the installed base of Ethernet switches that are 802.3af-capable may not be adequate to service 802.11ac wireless.  Newer switches have more power available, yet the throughput needs of 802.11ac may require multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports or even 10 Gigabit per second ports which may drive additional in-building cabling."