Wireless LAN Market Comes of Age in 2000, Totaling Nearly $1.1 Billion, IDC Says

Enterprises and Public Access Are Red-Hot Opportunities



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from IDC

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldwide wireless local area
 network (WLAN) equipment revenue jumped an incredible 80% in 2000, breaking
 the $1 billion mark. By the time 2005 ends, the market will be well beyond
 this mark, approaching $3.2 billion. This information comes from a new IDC
 bulletin titled Unwiring the Network: Worldwide Wireless LAN Market Forecast
 Update, 2000-2005.
     "Wireless LANs are being driven by the endless need for mobile
 connectivity both in and out of the enterprise," said Jason Smolek, research
 analyst for IDC's Enterprise Networks program. "Access points and bridges in
 airports, hotels, and convention centers are sprouting up all over the world
 from Stockholm to Singapore to New York."
     According to IDC, demand has been particularly strong in vertical
 industries such as education, retail, and healthcare. In the coming years, IDC
 expects increasing use of WLANs in the home and small/medium-sized business
 (SMB) segments coupled with the growth of broadband. Non-U.S. markets will
 also represent a growing opportunity, especially Western Europe and Japan.
     Proxim is currently best positioned in the WLAN market. The vendor
 accounted for more than 28% of 2000 shipments. Symbol and Lucent are also well
 positioned, according to IDC, with Cisco strong in infrastructure.
 Additionally, 3Com has emerged as a force in the home and SMB markets.
     Despite the optimistic outlook for the overall market, IDC believes WLAN
 vendors will have to overcome several obstacles, including resolving
 standardization issues, educating their partners, improving security, and
 reducing prices so that WLANs are affordable for mainstream segments.
     "In the end, the mobile revolution will be limited only by the extent to
 which individuals are willing to have access. How vendors deliver and package
 that access will be key to adoption everywhere," Smolek said.
     Unwiring the Network: Worldwide Wireless LAN Market Forecast Update,
 2000-2005 (IDC #B24391) discusses the market's 2000 performance and forecasts
 revenues and shipments by segment through 2005. The bulletin illustrates
 vendors' 2000 market shares and analyzes key issues in the market, including
 standards, security, channels, new applications, and global demand. To
 purchase this bulletin, contact Bruce Atlas at 1-800-343-4952, extension 4053,
 or email batlas@idc.com.
 
     About IDC
     IDC delivers dependable, high-impact insights and advice on the future of
 ebusiness, the Internet, and technology to help organizations make sound
 business decisions.  IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends and analyzes
 business strategies, technologies, and vendors, using a combination of
 rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC provides
 global research with local content through more than 700 analysts in 43
 countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT
 suppliers, IT organizations, ebusiness companies, and the financial community.
 Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com.
     IDC is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and
 exposition company.
 
     All product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks
 of their respective holders.
 
 

SOURCE IDC
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldwide wireless local area
 network (WLAN) equipment revenue jumped an incredible 80% in 2000, breaking
 the $1 billion mark. By the time 2005 ends, the market will be well beyond
 this mark, approaching $3.2 billion. This information comes from a new IDC
 bulletin titled Unwiring the Network: Worldwide Wireless LAN Market Forecast
 Update, 2000-2005.
     "Wireless LANs are being driven by the endless need for mobile
 connectivity both in and out of the enterprise," said Jason Smolek, research
 analyst for IDC's Enterprise Networks program. "Access points and bridges in
 airports, hotels, and convention centers are sprouting up all over the world
 from Stockholm to Singapore to New York."
     According to IDC, demand has been particularly strong in vertical
 industries such as education, retail, and healthcare. In the coming years, IDC
 expects increasing use of WLANs in the home and small/medium-sized business
 (SMB) segments coupled with the growth of broadband. Non-U.S. markets will
 also represent a growing opportunity, especially Western Europe and Japan.
     Proxim is currently best positioned in the WLAN market. The vendor
 accounted for more than 28% of 2000 shipments. Symbol and Lucent are also well
 positioned, according to IDC, with Cisco strong in infrastructure.
 Additionally, 3Com has emerged as a force in the home and SMB markets.
     Despite the optimistic outlook for the overall market, IDC believes WLAN
 vendors will have to overcome several obstacles, including resolving
 standardization issues, educating their partners, improving security, and
 reducing prices so that WLANs are affordable for mainstream segments.
     "In the end, the mobile revolution will be limited only by the extent to
 which individuals are willing to have access. How vendors deliver and package
 that access will be key to adoption everywhere," Smolek said.
     Unwiring the Network: Worldwide Wireless LAN Market Forecast Update,
 2000-2005 (IDC #B24391) discusses the market's 2000 performance and forecasts
 revenues and shipments by segment through 2005. The bulletin illustrates
 vendors' 2000 market shares and analyzes key issues in the market, including
 standards, security, channels, new applications, and global demand. To
 purchase this bulletin, contact Bruce Atlas at 1-800-343-4952, extension 4053,
 or email batlas@idc.com.
 
     About IDC
     IDC delivers dependable, high-impact insights and advice on the future of
 ebusiness, the Internet, and technology to help organizations make sound
 business decisions.  IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends and analyzes
 business strategies, technologies, and vendors, using a combination of
 rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC provides
 global research with local content through more than 700 analysts in 43
 countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT
 suppliers, IT organizations, ebusiness companies, and the financial community.
 Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com.
     IDC is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and
 exposition company.
 
     All product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks
 of their respective holders.
 
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