According to a recent IDC report, "PoE: Will Asian Enterprises Bite?”, Power over Ethernet (PoE) ultimately will become a defacto technology embedded in LAN switches. IDC estimates the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) or APEJ market for PoE to be $96.09 million in 2004, and forecasts this market will expand at a CAGR of 64% to reach US$1.14 billion by 2009. PoE revenue constituted 2.4% of total LAN revenues in 2004 and IDC expects this proportion to increase to 18.8% by 2009.
"As enterprise IP telephony and wireless LAN technologies become more main stream in 2005, PoE shipments [are] expected to more than double this year," says Grace Yeo, research manager for Enterprise Networks, IDC Asia/Pacific. According to IDC, the uptake of enterprise IP telephony and wireless LAN access points is shown to have a significant impact on the sale of PoE equipment during the initial period of the 5-year forecast.
In 2004, the enterprise IP PBX market was worth about $577.38 million and IDC forecasts reveal that it will grow to $2.39 billion by 2008 at a CAGR of 45.8%. The WLAN equipment market was estimated to have reached $282.3 million in 2004, and IDC expects this sector to increase to $577.1 million by 2009 at a CAGR of 15.4%.
PoE refers to the ability to carry electrical power over a standard Ethernet cable—the same one used today for transferring data. PoE allows IP telephones, WLAN access points and Web cams to receive power as well as data over existing LAN cabling, without any requirement to modify the existing Ethernet infrastructure. After the ratification of the IEEE802.3af standard in June 2003, growth in PoE devices and installations has been increasing steadily; however, the awareness of PoE and its benefits among enterprises still remains relatively low in the Asia/Pacific region.
The shipment of PoE-enabled switches is expected to grow aggressively in the next few years as more Ethernet cabling enabled devices become available. These will include appliances such as surveillance systems, home automation systems and point-of-sale systems, among others. As 802.3af-compliant products are being developed, vendors and device manufactures that collaborate and offer products and technologies that are creatively bundled will enjoy considerable revenue opportunities.
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