Cisco retained its leadership in the Ethernet Switch and Router market, increasing its revenue quarter on quarter
According to IDC, the Networking market (including LAN and WLAN hardware) in India witnessed highest revenue since CY 2008, with over 20% growth year on year.
However, within the year, investment witnessed a seasonal slowdown with a marginal decline in revenues during Q4 2014 as compared to previous quarter.
According to IDC’s APeJ Quarterly Switch and Router tracker, the Ethernet Switch market saw an end-revenue of USD 125.0 million during Q4 2014, with a marginal decline quarter on quarter (-4.7%) and increase year on year (27.5%). The Router market stood at a total of USD 69.4 million, a 41.1% growth year on year and -9.3% decrease quarter on quarter in Q4 2014.
Cisco retained its leadership in the Ethernet Switch and Router market, increasing its revenue quarter on quarter and continued to be the vendor of choice for top telcos and other enterprises for their pan-India projects. 2014 was largely attributed to LTE and 3G investments but CY 2015 is expected to be a mix of investments from telecom and other verticals like government and BFSI. Further, the contribution from SMB segment is expected to grow and investments from utility and manufacturing verticals are expected to increase in the next few quarters.
Visionary projects like Digital India and Smart Cities are expected to see some pilots and testing in CY 2015.
The WLAN market in India clocked a 3.8% growth quarter on quarter and 47.5% year on year during Q4 2014, according to IDC’s Quarterly APeJ Wireless LAN tracker and registered USD 45.0 million as end-user revenue. The WLAN market in India is being driven by the traditional segments such as the enterprises and campuses. The continued deployment of hot-spots by government and investments from SMB segment are expected to continue in the coming quarters as well.
Suman Bisht, Market Analyst (Enterprise Networking and UC&C), IDC India, said, “The increasing adoption of 3rd platform, i.e., the blend of social media, mobility, big data & analytics and cloud computing in the operations and delivery aspect of enterprises will attract more investments in the wired as well wireless networking infrastructure.”