The growth of Ruckus Wireless globally creates opportunities in local Wi-Fi market.
Ruckus Wireless recently announced that it has again been recognised as the fastest growing Wi-Fi supplier within the worldwide market for enterprise wireless according to Gartner’s newly published Market Share: Enterprise WLAN Equipment, Worldwide, 4Q11 report. In the fourth quarter of 2011, Ruckus achieved the highest year-over-year revenue growth of all wireless LAN suppliers worldwide, growing over 134%. In fact, this growth has been continuous as in Q4 of 2010 Ruckus saw 181% growth in vendor revenue and unit shipments of WLAN coordinated access points, which grew to 289% growth over the same period in 2011 – increasing its sequential quarterly market share from 3.7% to 4.9% worldwide.
In addition, the company has garnered the top market share spot in the carrier Wi-Fi space, according to a new industry study on the wireless market, from internationally acclaimed research firm Dell’Oro. In this report Ruckus was identified as the 2011 market leader with a 26.7% share of service provider Wi-Fi mesh node shipments (over 26 000) in the emerging carrier Wi-Fi space, for the second year in a row.
“The growth Ruckus Wireless has been experiencing globally can be attributed to two key factors – the massive increase in data traffic and the increasingly large and loyal base of value-added resellers and distributors – both highlighting equally significant expansion opportunities for our local business footprint into the future,” says Michael Fletcher, Sales Director of Sub Saharan Africa.
According to a local Mobility 2011 research project*, conducted by World Wide Worx, 39% of urban South Africans and 27% of rural mobile users are now browsing the Internet on their phones. “Given this massive uptake of mobile devices and smartphones in South Africa, local network operator giants are seeing the same key benefits that global players are pursuing in supporting Wi-Fi alternatives to ensure improved network availability and sustainability,” continues Fletcher. “This, coupled with our increasingly active reseller and distributor initiatives, will drive our African growth strategy and I look very forward to what the next few years hold for us and the continent from a Wi-Fi perspective.”
Robert Mustarde, VP of Marketing for Ruckus Wireless commented on the international growth; “Given our late entrance into the enterprise wireless LAN market, our growth is a remarkable achievement by anyone’s standards. Our hope is to continue this fast growth as the market sends a very clear message that they want Wi-Fi that simply delivers more reliable wireless connections, capacity and insane performance. Whether it’s a hotel, school, hospital or mobile operator, vanilla Wi-Fi doesn’t cut it any longer.”
With over 12,000 customers and 4,500 solutions partners worldwide, Ruckus’ customer base crosses almost every vertical market in every region of the world with some of most prestigious companies such as KDDI, The Cloud, Towerstream, China Unicom, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, KLIA International Airport, Delhi University, the City of San José, Baruch College, Universidad del Valle de México, Satilla Medical Center, Georgia World Congress Center, Balboa Park, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Ziff Davis Publishing and South African Peermont Hotels.