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Enterprises Eye Campus Network Upgrades

February 20, 2017

Enterprises are eager to upgrade their Campus networks to NBASE-T Ethernet Switches and Wave 2 Wireless LAN. Availability of merchant silicon will help bolster market adoption.

“Despite the limited availability of products, market shipments of NBASE-T in the second half of 2016 surged,” said Tam Dell’Oro, President of Dell’Oro Group. “We interpret these results as a reflection that Enterprise users are hungry for multi-gigabit bandwidth to support the traffic from their wireless devices. The confluence of widespread availability of NBASE-T Ethernet switches are now matching the widespread availability of 802.11ac Wave 2 Wireless LAN products. Both go hand-in-hand to reduce frustration of mobile users in the Enterprise.

“Looking at 2017, we have raised our forecast as we predict NBASE-T port shipments will proliferate, eclipsing 5 M ports, as merchant silicon-based switches come to market. This is about one year after Cisco Systems and Hewlett Packard Enterprise began shipping products based on their own ASICs. By later this year and into early 2018, we expect the massive annual shipment levels of 1 Gbps to peak, then begin to decline, as users migrate their Campus networks,” Dell’Oro continued.

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