27 Jun 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Prague — In first quarter of 2016, vendor revenue on the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) enterprise networking market decreased by 6.8% year on year, according to detailed competitive data reports released by International Data Corporation (IDC). However, performance among the three sub-markets — Ethernet switching, wireless LAN (WLAN), and routing — differs significantly.
“In 2015, the enterprise networking market in EMEA was practically flat after several years of revenue growth,” says Peter Kosinar, senior research analyst at IDC. “Although the underlying technological and economic factors are strong enough to bring the market back to growth in 2016, we are likely to see large variation in countries’ performance.”
Ethernet switching, which constitutes a clear majority of the market, declined by around 10.3% year on year in first quarter of 2016 (this market also declined in 2015, albeit marginally). Routing and WLAN, on the other hand, posted year-on-year growth of 2.4% and 2.3%, respectively, after showing single-digit annual growth in 2015.
These findings are included in IDC’s EMEA Ethernet switch, router, and WLAN trackers, which provide quarterly, country-level information on the performance of leading market players, enabling study of competitive dynamics across underlying technologies. The sections below highlight some key findings for EMEA enterprise networking sub-markets in first quarter of 2016.
Enterprise Ethernet switching: Challenging quarter with mixed signals for the rest of the year
Enterprise routing: Good quarter for SOHO routers; Huawei #2 among enterprise players
Enterprise WLAN: Sales of 802.11ac access points keep rolling
“Last year was uneventful for enterprise WLAN vendors, both in terms of acquisitions and technological developments,” says Elena Szolgayova, a senior research analyst at IDC. “It was also a weak year in terms of revenues, and it is unlikely that we are going to see a dramatic revival this year.”
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