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Wireless LAN Market Hits Record High In Fourth Quarter of 2009


Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent Each Post More Than 30 Percent Sequential Growth

Redwood City, Calif. - A recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, indicates that the worldwide wireless LAN market shipped a record high 18 million units in the fourth quarter of last year, driven by growth of the small office home office (SOHO) market and strength in the retail, education, healthcare, and hospitality sectors for the enterprise market.

“Fourth quarter unit shipments grew dramatically, but promotional discounts in the SOHO market offset a large portion of the revenue gains,” stated Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst of Wireless LAN research at Dell’Oro Group. “SOHO 802.11n wireless router unit gains from D-Link and NETGEAR accounted for over half of the total wireless LAN market’s increased shipments. In the enterprise market, Motorola gained 40 percent in revenue, benefitting from a resurging retail sector. Alcatel-Lucent more than doubled its 802.11n shipments, which led to a rise in their average selling prices, contributing to their more than 30 percent increase in revenue,” added Shalinsky.

According to the report, product revenues for Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Buffalo, D-Link, HP, Motorola, and NETGEAR each achieved record quarterly levels.

About the Report

The Dell’Oro Group Wireless LAN Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the Service Provider, Enterprise, and SOHO markets with tables containing manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and unit shipments by the following wireless standards: 802.11g, 802.11a/g and 802.11n. To purchase this report, please call Emily Kendall at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email

About Dell’Oro Group

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