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Huawei sees big growth in flat enterprise router market

In a flat global enterprise router market, Huawei managed to wring out some robust growth in the first quarter of 2012, according to Infonetics Research.

Enterprise router revenue dropped to $834 million last quarter, down 9% from the fourth quarter of 2011, Infonetics Research announced this week. Year over year the market grew just 2% over the first quarter of 2011. Pretty grim from a global perspective. However, the North American slice was slightly better. It’s down 10% from quarter to quarter, but up 8% year over year.

Despite the flat market, Huawei reported huge growth in enterprise router sales, which is surprising since North America was the primary area of growth. Huawei is just starting its push into the region’s enterprise market. Its home market of China was extremely weak last quarter, down 20% from the fourth quarter of 2011. But Huawei posted 79% revenue growth year over year in and 130% growth in units shipped, Infonetics reported.

Cisco Systems remains in the driver’s seat, with 74.6% of the market revenue share last quarter, a 12-month high.

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