Tech vendors: Cut the wires
Published: Aug 16, 2012
Global – Tech vendors should start focusing their businesses more on wireless devices, as the market shows a preference for wireless over the wired.
According to research by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the wireless segment of the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market has been showing continued growth, despite challenging market conditions.
Hardcopy Peripherals include single-function printers, printer-based multifunctional systems (MFP), and single-function digital copiers.
In the second quarter of this year, its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker reported that the wireless market saw a 5% year-on-year increase to 9.1 million units, despite an 8.4% drop in overall shipments.
Phuong Hang, programme manager for the report, said the research company expects to see more growth in the wireless segment in the next three years.
"We also expect SMBs, small offices and microbusinesses to be early adopters of built-in wireless laser printers and MFPs," he said.
Additionally, HP continues at the top spot for hardcopy peripheral vendor, taking 39.6% of the market share globally. In its wireless segment, the company managed to snag a 44% share, which is a 4% rise from the year before.
Canon, Epson, Brother and Samsung make up the top five vendors in the market respectively.
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