This IDC study examines the market conditions and the opportunity for enterprise-class wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment that complies with IEEE 802.11 standards for 2014–2018. This analysis covers worldwide enterprise-class WLAN access points and related enterprise WLAN equipment. This analysis also includes market sizing and forecasts for independent and dependent enterprise-class access points, switch/controller hardware where applicable, and management and control applications designed to streamline the operation of an enterprise wireless LAN system.
"Although growth has slowed from the boom period at the beginning of the decade, the enterprise WLAN market in 2014 continues to be strong, with projected growth of 12.9%," according to Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC. "What is sustaining this growth is the continued trend in enterprises of providing ubiquitous wireless access for mission-critical enterprise mobility applications and the growing trend of leveraging the wireless network for mobile customer engagement. This, alongside the highly promising 802.11ac standard, will fuel growth for several years to come."