Worldwide WLAN Equipment Market Grew 150% in 2001

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8th consecutive quarter of double-digit growth according to Synergy Research Group

Phoenix, Arizona - The Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) market posted its eighth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth and grew over 150 percent from 2000.

According to market analysis by Synergy Research Group, Wireless LAN equipment sales increased almost 12 percent in the Fourth Quarter over the prior quarter with total sales reaching over $450 million and reached $1.47 billion for the year 2001. For the quarter, Enterprise WLAN equipment sales were flat, while SOHO/Home WLAN Equipment sales grew over 25 percent to $225 million and equaled that of the Enterprise.

"Despite a slower quarter in the Enterprise, the overall WLAN market continues to show healthy growth," says Aaron Vance, WLAN Industry Analyst at the Synergy Research Group. "Furthermore, strong growth in the SOHO/Home segment further demonstrates that the 802.11 technology is being adopted by the consumer market. This adoption will be further catalyzed by the continued deployment of WLANs in corporate environments; as people become more familiar with this technology in the workplace, they are going to recognize the benefits that may be realized in the home."

Table 1. WW Enterprise WLAN Revenue Market Share

             4Q01                 YE 2001

Cisco         35.4%                 31.1%

Agere         18.4%                 20.4%

Symbol         13.0%                 11.6%

Table 2. WW SOHO/Home WLAN Revenue Market Share

             4Q01                 YE 2001

Linksys        22.1%                 21.1%

Buffalo        19.2%                 20.2%

D-Link         10.7%                 10.0%

Other players with strong quarters were Alvarion, Avaya, Linksys and Buffalo, all posting quarter-to-quarter growth of more than 40 percent respectively. In the SOHO/Home segment, Linksys and Buffalo each gained nearly 3 market share points, while in the Enterprise segment, Symbol gained more than two.

About Synergy Research Group

Synergy Research Group Incorporated (SRG) is a market research firm that provides quarterly market analysis, market share, and forecasting for the communication Equipment markets. The markets Synergy tracks include Access Concentrators, Access Servers, ATM Access Concentrators, ATM CPE Devices, Broadband Aggregation, Broadband Cable Head-End, Broadband Wireless, Cable Modems, DSLAMs, IP Service Switches (Ipsec & non-Ipsec), LAN Telephony, MultiService WAN switches (ATM, FR, MPLS), Port Speeds, Routers, Service Provider Voice Packet Gateways, Soft Switches, SONET/SDH, Traditional Circuit Voice, Voice Application Servers, Voice over Broadband Gateways, VPN Gateways, XDSL IADs/modems, Wireless LANs, and LAN Switching. For more information,

The contents of this press release represent SRG's interpretation and analysis of statistics and information collected from authorized company representatives, industry sources, and SRG estimates. SRG does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the statistics or information contained in this release.

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