The decline was primarily contributed by the router segment due to large investments that occurred only once during the fourth quarter, IDC said.
A slowdown in telecommunications spending due to AGR quotas also played a significant role in declining the overall network market.
"The business emphasis on digital transformation has been purely driven by end users' need for a seamless experience.
"Networks are at the forefront of this digital transformation that enables a tremendous amount of data to be transferred between the edge, the data center and the cloud. Technologies such as W-Fi 6 and 5G will enable faster data transfers, allowing Organizations make faster business decisions, "Sudharsan Raghunathan, senior market analyst, IDC India, said in a statement.
Cisco continued to dominate the Ethernet switch market with a 49.9 percent share, followed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Huawei.
Other categories such as switching and WLAN had a year-on-year decrease of 3.7% and 13.1%, respectively.
During the fourth quarter, India saw no change in purchasing behavior due to COVID-19.
However, the pandemic is expected to ease purchasing behavior during the first half of 2020, according to the report.