US access point market grows 10% in year to date

Tuesday 5 December 2017 | 11:50 CET | News
Network demands have pushed the access point market in the US B2B indirect channel market up by 18 percent in terms of unit sales, and by 10 percent in terms of US dollar sales, according to the latest year-to-date through October study from NPD. The research attributed growth to a series of trends, including infrastructure upgrades to match the increasing demands of bring-your-own-device and IoT strategies, movement towards controller-less management, and strong K12 and federal buying seasons. 

Notably, June and September, which represent the peak of the education and federal government buying seasons, respectively, saw the strongest unit sales, accounting for 24 percent of sales year to date. In the education segment, the rapid adoption of Chromebooks and E-rate funding from the FCC continue to be key catalysts for access point growth. From 2014 to 2016, Chromebook unit shipments grew at a 42 percent compound annual growth rate in the B2B indirect channel. In the federal segment, growth can be attributed to agencies working to modernize their infrastructure, as well as a growing acceptance of employees leveraging Wi-Fi across campuses to foster collaboration.

 Looking forward, NPD expects the continued adoption of 802.11ac Wave 2 devices to continue driving sales growth.

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