Indian networking industry records ‘commendable’ growth

By : |May 23, 2001 0

NEW DELHI: The networking equipment market in India has just emerged from a
not so good fiscal, according to Voice&Data’s Networking Masters 2001
survey, the only independent networking industry survey conducted in India. This
annual survey gauges the performance of networking equipment and network
integration services market in the country.

The Indian networking industry for the period 2000-2001 had Rs 3,217 crore-worth
network equipment sales and Rs 1,675 crore worth of network integration services
sales. Total network equipment sales can be further broken up as Rs 2,751 crore
worth NICs, hubs, LAN and WAN switches, structured cabling, router, RAS, dial-up
and leased line modems, access multiplexers, VSATs and wireless LAN equipment.

This apart, fiber-optic SDH equipment worth Rs 466 crore were sold. From a
pure LAN perspective (where only products such as NIC, hubs, LAN swichtes, and
structured cabling go) the market size in fiscal 2000-01 was around Rs 931 crore.

The growth patterns recorded was 53.7% in the LAN/WAN segment (from Rs 1,790
to Rs 2,751 crore), 28 per cent in LAN segment exclusively (from Rs 729 to Rs
931 crore), and 64 per cent in network integration services (from Rs 1,020 to Rs
1,675 crore). These growth rates are considerably less than the growth seen in
the previous year.

According to Ibrahim Ahmad of Voice & Data, who is heading the Networking
Masters 2001 project, "Such a show is commendable, considering the general
slowdown that is being felt, and the below par performance by telecom/ISP
sector. Expectations, as in the past, are high expecting a near 100 per cent
growth with major networking purchases, he added.

The two fastest growing segments in networking equipment industry, that fed
the growing infrastructure of telecom/ISPs during the previous fiscal, the
Remote Access Servers (RAS) and leased line modems grew only 21 percent and 22
percent in fiscal 2000-01. This is in contrast to the 385 per cent and 406 per
cent recorded in 1999-00, respectively.

However, the banking and financial sector acted as a perfect counterfoil,
showing urgency to deploy networks. The IT sector in its own way contributed
significantly through deployments from outsourced development centers, call
centers and Internet Data Centers (IDCs). Incidentally, Voice & Data had
forecast a growth of over 60 percent for the networking this year.

Here are some of the key findings:

  • The market for networking equipment industry, including NICs, hubs, LAN
    switches, structured cabling, router, RAS, dial-up modems, leased line
    modems, WAN switches, access multiplexers, VSAT equipment and wireless LAN
    equipment, was Rs 2,751 crore in 2000-01.
  • The network integration industry registered revenue of Rs 1,675 crore
    during the period under review.
  • The networking products distributors achieved networking sales worth Rs
    687 crore.
  • Cisco Systems has emerged as the largest networking company in India. With
    a sales revenue of Rs 765 crore in the last fiscal, it stood high over the
    rest of the industry. Cisco, Enterasys Networks, D-Link, 3Com and Fibcom
    were the top five networking firms in 2000-01, in terms of sales revenue.
  • Wipro Infotech marched ahead of the others in the network integration
    category with NI revenue of Rs 269.7 per cent, registering a 110 per cent
    growth over fiscal 1999-00.
  • Along with Wipro, Datacraft, HCL Comnet, CMC Ltd and IBM Global formed the
    elite top five Network Integrators (NIs) club during the last fiscal.
  • The top five networking product distributors during the last fiscal were
    MRO Tek, Tech Pacific, Ingram Micro, i2I Media and Apcom Computers.

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