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Cisco, HPE & Huawei Top 2017 2Q Growth in Worldwide Enterprise WLAN Market



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The Second Quarter of 2017 consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments grew by 2.5% year over year in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), finishing at $2.37 billion with Cisco, HPE and huawei leading the table.

According to results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment grew 9.4% year over year in 2Q17 to reach $1.48 billion.

In the enterprise segment, annualized growth in 2Q17 was comparable to that of 2Q16, when year-over-year growth also registered at 9.4%

IDC believes that a steady stream of upgrades to the 802.11ac standard as part of the digital transformation (DX) of the enterprise contributed heavily to the 2Q17 growth.

The 802.11ac standard now accounts for 84.5% of dependent access point unit shipments and 92.1% of dependent access point revenues, up from 70.9% and 84.7% in 1Q17.

This significant sequential jump points to a continued trend of 802.11n obsolescence, which is expected to be nearly complete by the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, consumer WLAN market revenue decreased 7.2% on a year-over-year basis in 2Q17, finishing at $892.3 million.

In 2Q17, the 802.11ac standard accounted for just 32.3% of shipments and 62.8% of revenue in the consumer category.

802.11ac was a bright spot in the consumer WLAN segment in 2Q17, with revenues increasing 13.6% year over year and shipments increasing 36.2% over the same period.

“The enterprise WLAN market’s 2Q17 performance sends a strong message that this market is still in growth mode,” said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC.

“WLAN is a critical enabler of end-to-end digital transformation strategies as wireless applications and devices continue to unlock new digital and business outcomes.”

From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market saw its strongest 2Q17 growth coming from the Middle East and Africa (MEA), which increased 33.2% year over year in 2Q17, following a 1Q17 where the region experienced flatness.

A 63.3% year-over-year upswing in the United Arab Emirates is the largest vector of this growth
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) experienced strong growth for a second consecutive quarter, increasing 19.8% on an annualized basis in 2Q17.

Standout performers in the region include Hungary (up 66.9% year over year) and Russia (up 42.1%).

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) saw another strong performance in 2Q17, increasing 17.6% year over year.

While most APeJ countries saw growth in 2Q17, Singapore and Thailand were most noteworthy (up 177.9% and 71.1% year over year, respectively).

Western Europe also delivered a robust performance, increasing 16.2% on a year-over-year basis in 2Q17, with Spain and Finland recording the highest country-level growth rates (up 46.2% and 34.8%, respectively).

Japan now has experienced four consecutive quarters of growth (up 15.5% in 2Q17), signaling a full turnaround of a multi-quarter decline trend that took place from 2014-2016.

The Americas experienced more moderate growth in 2Q17.
Latin America increased 1.3% on an annualized basis.
Argentina was a bright spot in the region, growing 47.6% year over year.

North America was essentially flat, rising 0.3% year over year in 2Q17 with a 4.4% increase in Canada and essentially flat growth in the United States.

“A continued uptick in 802.11ac shipments as the de facto global standard for some time to come powered strong growth across most regions,” said Petr Jirovsky, research manager, Worldwide Networking Trackers.

“Aside from the ongoing DX trends, the market will also be shaped by ongoing refresh cycles and regional economics.”

The Key Enterprise WLAN Vendor Updates are Cisco’s 2Q17 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue increased 8.2% year over year in 2Q17.

Cisco’s worldwide market share came in at 43.2% in 2Q17, down from 43.4% in 1Q17, and 43.7% in 2Q16.

IDC believes that the Meraki cloud-managed WLAN portfolio remains one of the primary growth drivers for Cisco, offsetting declines in its traditional controller-based WLAN portfolio.

HPE-Aruba (excluding its OEM business and excluding H3C as of 2Q16) increased 28.8% year over year in 2Q17.

HPE-Aruba’s market share stands at 17.2% in 2Q17, up from 16.2% in 1Q17 and 14.6% in 2Q17.

Brocade-Ruckus declined 7.4% year over year in 2Q17, while growing 19.5% sequentially.

Brocade-Ruckus accounted for 5.8% of the overall market in 2Q17, up from 5.7% in 1Q17 and down from 6.8% in 2Q16.

Ubiquiti recorded another quarter of strong growth in 2Q17, increasing 37.1% year over year.

Ubiquiti accounted for 5.3% of the overall market in 2Q17, down from 6.1% in 1Q17 and 4.2% in 2Q16.

Huawei once again experienced very strong growth in 2Q17, increasing 111.6% over 2Q16, while claiming 4.5% market share, up from 2.3% in 2Q16.

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Konga, CeraVe Ink MoU for Exclusive Launch of L’Oreal Product in Nigeria



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At long last, relief is here for the skincare enthusiasts in Nigeria! Konga Health, Nigeria’s premier digital healthcare distribution company, has sealed an exclusive partnership with CeraVe, a leading global skincare brand under the L’Oréal umbrella, to launch its product in the country. L’Oréal is the world leader in beauty: makeup, cosmetics, haircare and perfume in terms of quality, efficacy and safety.

Konga Health

Through Konga Health, a technology-driven healthcare solutions company focused on revolutionizing the healthcare value chain and a member of the Konga Group, this exclusive collaboration will debut with the renowned CeraVe line, offering unbeatable prices and free delivery to some locations Nationwide.

This enhanced partnership empowers Konga Health to onboard pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare providers Nationwide to support the distribution of CeraVe’s product line. This initiative includes opportunities for recruitment, partnerships, and collaboration to ensure that high-quality skincare solutions are accessible to all nationwide.

This strategic alliance ensures that genuine CeraVe products reach Nigerian consumers swiftly and conveniently, leveraging Konga’s extensive e-commerce infrastructure. Concerns about counterfeit items that often plague the beauty and skincare market are now a thing of the past, as Konga becomes CeraVe’s official distributor in Nigeria.

CeraVe now boasts a dedicated official shop-in-shop (SIS) on, serving as a one-stop destination for all authentic CeraVe products. Shoppers can directly access top-tier skincare solutions identical to those available globally.

Starting Monday, July 15th, CeraVe’s flagship products, such as the Cerave’s Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Cleanser, SA Smoothing Cleanser, Fragrance-Free Moisturizer with 3 Essential Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid, Barrier-Reinforcing Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream with Niacinamide, Exfoliating Salicylic Acid Foot Cream, Retinol Serum, Eye Repair Cream, Facial Moisturizers, Hyaluronic, and Vitamin C Serums, will be readily available on the Konga Health and platforms, offering customers a seamless and convenient shopping experience.

Nnenna Emenyonu, Senior Vice President of Konga Health, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with CeraVe, a brand synonymous with quality and scientific excellence in skincare. This collaboration allows our customers access to top-tier skincare products that are dermatologically tested and proven effective.”

Rabah Deroueche, LID LDB SSA and Business Development Director at L’Oreal, shared similar sentiments, noting, “Our partnership with Konga marks a significant milestone for CeraVe in Nigeria. By leveraging our commitment to quality skincare products and Konga’s platform, CeraVe can reach a wider audience and address the skincare needs of Nigerian consumers. This collaboration ensures Nigerian consumers can easily access our products and experience the benefits of our dermatologist-developed formulations.”

CeraVe has earned its stellar reputation globally through scientifically backed formulations. Developed in close collaboration with dermatologists, CeraVe products meet the highest standards of skincare and are celebrated for using essential ingredients that ensure optimal skin health.

The partnership between Konga and L’Oreal establishes Konga’s standing as a trusted e-commerce platform offering only high-quality products. As the official distributor of CeraVe, Konga is dedicated to maintaining the brand’s integrity by providing shoppers with authentic products that meet their skincare needs.

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TD Africa Partners CISCO on Tech-Skills Development in Africa



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In its continuous drive to bridge the widening skills gap in Africa’s technology sector, TD Africa, Africa’s largest technology distribution company, has partnered with Cisco on its month-long inaugural training program.


The program, the first of its kind in the TD Academy training series, was aimed at empowering young minds with technical skills and professional exposure.

The initiative, titled “Introduction to Cisco Networking Solutions and Workplace Professional Skills,” exemplifies TD Africa’s comprehensive and futuristic approach to technology education and professional development, empowering individuals and businesses to thrive in the digital age.

This innovative series of pooled training aims to equip the participants with the foundational knowledge of Cisco networking solutions, which is critical for building and managing robust IT infrastructure and workplace professional skills, recognizing the importance of soft skills in today’s dynamic work environment.

This combined focus on technical competence and professional development aligns with TD Africa’s robust approach towards impacting appropriate skills set into young people.

Cisco’s extensive portfolio for this first leg of TD Academy encompasses carefully curated programs in cybersecurity, data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the most sought-after skills in the African technology market.

For Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, CEO of TD Africa, the company’s dedication to bridging the skills gap is not a one-off training program nor limited to knowledge transfer.

Her words: “We understand the critical need for a skilled workforce to propel Africa’s digital transformation. Through our collaborative training programs with industry leaders like Cisco, we are committed to equipping individuals with the right tools and knowledge to succeed in this exciting field.”

Amblessed Ubong, one of the beneficiaries of the training program, said, “I recently completed a four-week training at the TD Academy; it was enriching and transformative.

“The sessions were thought-provoking, the trainers were passionate, and the environment was highly supportive. Collaborative projects enhanced my teamwork skills and made learning enjoyable.

“I left the TD Academy with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed enthusiasm for my career.”

Impressed by the exceptional talent emerging from the program, Africa’s number one tech distribution company immediately recruited some of the top graduates who participated in the training program.

This commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent further strengthens the technology ecosystem in Africa, creating a pipeline of skilled professionals for the future.

By empowering individuals and businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge, TD Africa is further stamping its foot in the sand of time, playing a pivotal role in Africa’s digital renaissance.

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Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App



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David Adeleke, Nigerian musician well known as Davido, has launched Chatter, a new social media application.

Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

Chatter is a social audiovisual utility platform designed to help amplify the voice of content creators and connect them with a vibrant community.

However, the app’s usage goes beyond content creators; business-minded individuals, as well as people looking to connect, have a place on it.

The musician used his social media accounts to announce the app’s release.

He gave a brief history of the development of the software and its features with his friend.

The well-known musician from Nigeria stated that he and Sir Banko, his close friend  are the owners of the app.

The music icon posted information about Chatter, a social audiovisual utility platform that connects content creators to a lively community and helps them magnify their voices.

In the past eight months, Davido has undertaken three internet projects.

Recall that the musician introduced his cryptocurrency.

However, the $DAVIDO coin fell a few days after it launched, prompting some cryptocurrency fans to call it a scam and a rug-pull.



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