• Expenditure on wireless connectivity shows strong growth

The enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market grew 8.4 % year-on-year in third quarter of 2016, according to IDC.

The analyst said sustained growth observed in 2016 can be attributed to refresh cycles and the funding of digital transformation initiatives in many enterprises.

The report said the 802.11ac standard now accounts for 67.1% of dependent access point unit shipments and 80.9% of dependent access point revenues, setting the stage for near obsolescence of the 802.11n standard by 2018 in the mainstream enterprise segment.

"In customary fashion, the enterprise WLAN market performed robustly in the third quarter of the year," said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst of network infrastructure at IDC. "In every facet of business, and across different verticals from education to hospitality, mission-critical functions are continuing to migrate from the wired network to wireless. This positions the worldwide enterprise WLAN market to continue performing strongly, even as other markets experience softness."

Meanwhile, the consumer WLAN market decreased 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. The adoption of the 802.11ac standard in the consumer market was said to be significantly slower than in the enterprise segment, accounting for just 25.2% of shipments. Vendor revenues also dipped as a result of price erosion on consumer-grade devices.