India’s Communication and Networking industry has witnessed significant changes in the last few years. With the increasing number of internet subscribers, growth of SMB segment, enhancing telecom infrastructure and growing market for BYOD have boosted the market for routers in India.
According to 6Wresearch, India’s Commercial and Enterprise Router market reached 1.15 million unit shipments in CY 3Q 2014, registering a YoY growth of around 7%. TP-Link emerged as the market leader in commercial router segment, whereas, Cisco captured lion share in Enterprise segment. Increasing demand for multiple capable devices for supporting VPN, load balance, 3G/4G services have fuelled growth of the Indian Enterprise Router segment.
Source: 6wresearch India Router Market, Quarterly Tracker
Note: Others include various WLAN speed commercial routers
According to Anuj Mehrotra (Research Analyst, 6Wresearch India Electronics Division), “Network oriented devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets have emerged as the key drivers for the growth of the India’s Commercial Router market. Additionally, introduction of Video Surveillance applications and free Wi-Fi zone along with technological upgrades is further boosting the growth of India Commercial Router market”.
“Rising IT spending and increasing government initiatives would fuel growth of the India Enterprise Router market over the coming quarters” he added.
The industry players are continuous expanding and innovating their product portfolio to adapt to the technological changes and cater to the growing consumer needs. Indian market has witnessed an increasing demand for dual band Wi-Fi, sleek design, 3G/4G connectivity and Smart Routers. The recent agreement between O-Zone, a Wi-Fi service provider and Ericsson to set-up 30,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in India would further catalyze the growth of router market in the coming quarters.