India networking market posted 15.8% growth in Q3

India networking market has witnessed a significant year-on-year (YoY) growth of 15.8 percent in Q3 2017 due to increased spending from both enterprise and service providers segments.

According to IDC’s latest Asia/Pacific Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker, Q3 2017, the Ethernet Switch market in India witnessed a significant YoY growth of 18.4 percent in Q3 2017 and stood at $119 million (by vendor revenue).

Majority of the growth was driven by telecommunications, banking, professional services and government in Q3 2017. ADC (Application Delivery Controller) saw a significant YoY growth due to increased spending from telecom and professional services verticals in Q3 2017.

Cisco continued its dominance in the Ethernet Switch market due to increased spending from telecommunications and banking verticals in Q3 2017, followed by HPE and D-Link. Vendors such as Arista and Nokia witnessed a strong triple-digit growth in Q3 2017.

The Router market in India witnessed a YoY growth of 30.6 percent in Q3 2017 and stood at $89.4 million (by vendor revenue). Telecommunications, professional services and government continued to be the key contributors in Q3 2017. Majority of the growth came from High-end router segment due to increased spending from service providers on 4G and VoLTE roll-outs in this space.

Other than spending from the telecommunications sector, government initiatives around BharatNet and State datacenter refresh projects would also contribute to further investments in India.

Cisco continued to lead the router market in Q3 2017, due to significant uptake from telecommunication players. Nokia emerged as the second-best vendor due to couple of multimillion dollars deals in telecommunication vertical in Q3 2017.

The WLAN market in India stood at $46.9 million (by vendor revenue) in Q3 2017 or a decline of 8.9 percent compared to Q3 2016. Consumer and service providers segment witnessed significant drop YoY in Q3 2017 while enterprise segment continued to show resilience and grew by 12.9% YoY in Q3 2017. Smart city initiatives and Wi-Fi hotspots in central universities are big ticket investments seen in the market. In terms of technology cloud-based controller technologies is becoming mainstream with multiple vendors offering solutions in this space.

D-Link regained number one position from Cisco in the overall WLAN market they have 24.1% market share in Q3 2017. Cisco, HPE and Ruckus (renamed as Brocade) dominate the enterprise WLAN market segment.

D-Link, TP-Link and Netgear are the top three vendors in the consumer WLAN market segment. Indian market continues to see entry of new players with differentiated solutions and is expected to challenge entrenched players in the market.