Combined revenues from networking products sold to enterprise customers through the distribution channel in Western Europe (WE) declined by -6.8% year-on-year in December 2016, according to data published by CONTEXT, the leading European IT market analysis company. In contrast, sales of wireless access point (WAP) products to the same market grew by +18.5%. Last year, sales of WAPs fell in a number of months: March, July, October and – to an even greater extent – in November. Furthermore, the year-on-year growth recorded in the distribution channel has slowed down and this suggests the WAP market is beginning to become saturated. December 2016, however, saw not only a return to growth in this product segment, but the highest growth rate of 2016. The increasing adoption of the WiFi ac standard, which enables higher connection speeds, has been a continuous driving force, and products using this reached a market share of 85% in December. In particular, there was strong year-on-year growth in the WE Corporate Reseller channel (+64.2%), and even stronger growth in the Small and Medium Reseller channel (70.3%). The Retail Chain channel saw stronger growth still, increasing +138.6% over the region, but this was from a much smaller base. This shows that wireless connectivity solutions continue to be adopted by enterprises of all sizes. "The increased use of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets and notebooks) is not limited to companies of certain sizes, but offers benefits for any user, no matter if part of a large enterprise or a start-up, small office/home office environment", said Mathias Knoefel, Senior Manager Corporate Benchmarking and Enterprise Analyst.
Wireless Access Points sales revenue growth by country December 2016
Enterprise Networking sales revenue growth by country December 2016