Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Controller market is projected to surpass USD 3 billion by 2025. Factors such as evolving enterprise requirements to manage their widespread and complex LAN infrastructure in a cost-effective manner and growing usage of cloud-based WLAN controllers to enable easy management of network devices will lead to the WLAN controller market growth. Increasing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) demands is putting strain on the enterprises to secure and manage their networks. This fuels the need for WLAN controllers with advanced security features such as web filtering, antivirus security protection to secure their Wi-Fi networks.
Organizations of all sizes are rapidly shifting towards cloud-managed WLANs to have a centralized control over the networking elements such as firewalls, routers, switches, gateways and other devices, seeking centralized policy controls. By using cloud-WLANs, they can easily manage their entire WLAN infrastructure and can scale their networks to accommodate new devices as per their needs. For instance, Aruba?s Cloud Wi-Fi solution helps distributed organizations to get up to 10times faster Wi-Fi connections than other cloud W-Fi solutions. With the growing affinity towards cloud-based applications, the demand for cloud-manged access points will also rise over the forecast timeline.
The integrated WLAN controller market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 9% over the forecast timeline. The demand for integrated WLAN controllers will surge as the manufacturers are integrating controller capabilities into the network devices such as switches and routers, enabling enterprises to use a single device for management and control of the entire network. Integration of security functionalities such as intrusion prevention and encryption into network devices will also provide security for business-critical wireless LANs.
Large enterprises in the WLAN controller market held a dominant share of over 60% in 2018 and are expected to maintain their leading position over the forecast timespan. Widespread adoption of BYOD in the enterprises and surge in the usage of networking devices such as access points and routers to establish high connectivity among the company?s internal departments will contribute towards the adoption of WLAN controllers. Wireless controllers enable them to manage their complex network setups and improve security through embedded security functionalities in such devices.
The WLAN controller market in the transportation & logistics sector is estimated to witness the growth rate of over 12% over the forecast timeline. Highly reliable wireless connectivity plays an important role in improving the communication process in the transportation & logistics industry. To ensure the smooth functioning of the business operations, transportation & logistics companies deploy network devices that provide high-speed connectivity to improve wireless mobility and enhance operational efficiency. The logistics companies are moving away from traditional wired networking elements to wireless connectivity options to support mobility among remote devices and people. Growing adoption of wireless devices will augment the demand for WLAN controllers that can manage the whole LAN setup.
Europe WLAN controller market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 5% from 2019 to 2025 due to increasing usage of wired and wireless devices backed up by internet penetration and growing adoption of cloud-based solutions to enhance the manageability of network infrastructure. The European technology companies are collaborating with cloud solution providers to accelerate wireless adoption for enterprise customers. For instance, in April 2018, Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, partnered with Google Cloud to support wireless needs of enterprise customers in the areas such as hybrid cloud, data analytics & machine learning and digital workplace. In February 2019, Intracom, a global telecommunication systems and solution vendor launched Virtualized Wi-Fi Service Platform for AOTEC (National Association of Telecommunication Operators) to centrally manage their wireless networks. This launched helped the company in offering seamless wireless connectivity to enterprises across the Spain.
The companies present in the WLAN controller market are focusing on strategic initiatives such as collaborations and new product developments supported by product innovation. The established players are developing innovative WLAN offerings to support the changing demands of the enterprise networks. For instance, in April 2019, Cisco launched Wi-Fi 6 to help enterprise customer in adoption of wireless connectivity. This launch helped the SMEs in rapid deployment of WLAN technology. In January 2019, Extreme Networks introduced new 802.11 ax Wi-Fi access points to enable enterprises increase their wireless capabilities. The six new access points comprised the company?s ExtremeMobility 500 series and are part of Extreme?s Smart OmniEdge solution. In September 2017, Proxim Wireless partnered with ViTEL, a distributor specialized in industrial communication and security solutions in Germany, Asia and Turkey to accelerate the adoption of outdoor and indoor wireless solutions. The company provides W-Fi solutions which enable reliable and high-performance network infrastructure at low costs.