India’s network market grew by 5%: IDC

International Data Corporation(IDC) revealed that India’s networking market, which comprises Ethernet Switch, Routers, and WLAN segments, grew by a marginal 5.1 percent year-over-year (YoY) in terms of vendor revenues Q1 2021.

The primary reason for this growth is the ease in Covid-19 restrictions in many parts of the country post-Covid first wave. Non-DC switching business grew by 10 percent YoY mainly due to the long gap caused by the reduced lockdown restrictions and campuses starting to invest more in switch infrastructure.

Government, professional services, and telecom were significant players in India’s networking market growth. IDC said Government was one of the key verticals that contributed to this growth as they invested in network infrastructure and multiple federal and State Government institutions.  IDC noted that most of these investments were pent-up demand that got deferred to 2021 owing to the pandemic.

IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wireless LAN Tracker states that the Indian WLAN market grew by 17.3 percent during Q1 2021, and the market stood at $58.3 million (by Vendor Revenue).

India Router market stood at $72.5 million (by vendor revenue), and the marginal YoY growth being 4.7 percent during the quarter, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Router Tracker. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker noted that the Ethernet Switch market in India stood at $133.3 million (by vendor revenue), with a marginal YoY growth of 0.8 percent in Q1 2021. Consumer gateway routers also grew by 29.5 percent YoY.

IDC said that both enterprise and consumer WLAN witnessed growth through the growth in enterprise Access points which were considerably low compared to consumer gateway routers.

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, campuses resorted to investing in enterprise-class access points for future hybrid work needs, noted IDC. Cisco acquired a majority share of 56.5% in the Ethernet Switch market, followed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which occupied a 6.1 percent share.

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