Global WLAN equipment generated $763.5 mln in Q3 2005

Worldwide wireless LAN equipment revenue grew to $753.6 mln in Q3 2005, and is forecast to reach $4.2 bln in 2008. Symbol maintained its leading share for wireless LAN switch revenue with 28% in Q3 2005, but Cisco’s acquisition of Airespace in early 2005 has now leapfrogged them into second place by the narrowest margin. Wireless LAN switch revenue grew 18% to $95.1 mln and is forecast to reach $746.5 mln in 2008. The mesh network access node segment will jump 242% over the next 12 months. Cisco maintained the top spot overall with 22% revenue share in the wireless LAN equipment market, following its first $150 mln+ quarter; Cisco-Linksys was second, D-Link third, NETGEAR fourth. Trapeze Networks and Aruba Networks hold the third and fourth spots in wireless LAN switch revenue, behind Symbol and Cisco, Infonetics Research says.