NEW YORK -- Worldwide sales of carrier Ethernet switch/routers rose 15% in the second quarter of 2006 and are poised to break the $1.4 billion mark for 2006, according to the Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router (CESR) Quarterly Market Tracker service published by telecommunications research firm Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), a leading provider of carrier Ethernet services and equipment market analysis.
"The more we talk to communications service providers and their equipment suppliers, the more our confidence grows that we will see continued acceleration in the shift of investments away from traditional Sonet/SDH and ATM networks toward converged networks built with carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS," said Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading and author of the CESR Quarterly Market Tracker. "This shift is taking place on a worldwide basis, with Europe leading the way but Asia and North America not too far behind."
Carrier Ethernet is a huge focus of industry standards bodies and vendor research & development efforts right now, notes Hubbard. "All of the resources and energy pouring into enhancing carrier Ethernet will drive tremendous price/performance improvements in the coming years and solidify carrier Ethernet's role as a technology of choice alongside IP/MPLS for service and network convergence," he says. "The platforms covered in the CESR Quarterly Market Tracker are being deployed to support some of the industry's fastest growing services and applications, such as enterprise Ethernet connectivity, Ethernet access to IP/MPLS VPNs, VOIP, residential triple play/IPTV/VOD, and mobility in the form of wireless backhaul transport."
Cisco and Alcatel have thus far been the most successful in capitalizing on the shift toward carrier Ethernet in support of residential and enterprise services, according to the CESR Quarterly Market Tracker. Cisco and Alcatel maintained their positions as the No. 1 and No. 2 market leaders, respectively, as both posted record CESR sales in 2Q06.
The battle for the market share ranks behind Cisco and Alcatel continued to intensify among larger equipment suppliers that offer end-to-end carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS solutions. China's Huawei Technologies overtook Lucent for the No. 3 share position in 2Q06, due primarily to ramping sales in support of residential triple-play/IPTV services. Huawei has significantly stepped up its carrier Ethernet-related activities since late 2005 and now has a large number of CESR customers throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Although Lucent slipped to No. 4, its revenues began to recover in 2Q06, due in part to increased traction related to wireless backhaul applications.
Heavy Reading's CESR Quarterly Market Tracker delivers a complete accounting of telecom equipment manufacturer revenues in the CESR sector, including quarter-by-quarter revenue and market-share breakouts for each supplier, sales by geographic region and application, and revenue projections through 2009 by region and application. The quarterly tracking service also analyzes each vendor's market strategy and identifies and analyzes customer wins, providing granular insight into this emerging market sector unavailable from other sources. It provides a comprehensive list of nearly 200 operators worldwide that have purchased CESR platforms.
The Heavy Reading report analyzes 14 vendors that are now generating sales from CESR products or that plan to roll out CESR products in the near term. Equipment vendors examined include Alcatel, ANDA Networks, Atrica, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, Huawei, Lucent, MRV Communications, Nortel Networks, Siemens, and World Wide Packets.
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