Revenues from worldwide wireless LAN hardware hit $US392 million in the second quarter of 2002, according to Infonetics Research.
Cisco Systems and Linksys Group share the lead spot in WLAN revenues. But seven others trail close behind: broadband vendors NetGear, Buffalo Technology (USA), and D-Link; enterprise players Avaya and Enterasys Networks; and vertical market specialists Symbol and Proxim. All are active in various segments of the IEEE 802.11b WLAN market.
The quarterly study also found that vendors already shipping the faster 802.11a products have found ready buyers. The study concluded that 11a WLANs will have a "significant market impact" next year.
WLAN hardware findings
- Some 62 per cent of the revenues came from access points, 38 per cent from client network interface cards.
- Enterprise buyers accounted for 40 per cent of purchases; consumers, 55 per cent.
- Service providers made 5 per cent of the purchases, but Infonetics expects that percentage to soar as they role out net access services based on public WLAN "hotspots".
- Just over half of revenues came from North American buyers, with Europe accounting for 33 per cent of purchases.