SOURCE: Infonetics Research

October 11, 2007 15:59 ET

Ethernet switch market up 4%; ProCurve hits milestone with 5M ports shipped in 2Q07

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - After dropping 8% in the first quarter of 2007, the Ethernet switch market bounced back in the second quarter, posting a 4% gain in worldwide revenue to reach $4.2 billion, and a 6% gain in port shipments, according to Infonetics Research's latest "Ethernet and Application Switches" report.

Annual worldwide fixed and chassis Ethernet switch sales are forecast to grow from $15.9 billion to $18.3 billion between 2006 and 2010, the report shows.

"The Ethernet switch market continues to exceed expectations and is on track for another year of double-digit port growth, and mid single-digit revenue growth as buyers continue to favor switches with greater intelligence, performance, and advanced features. ProCurve achieved a major milestone this quarter, shipping 5 million ports, and Cisco is on track to pass the $11 billion revenue mark in 2007," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Worldwide Ethernet switch sales are up 12% from a year ago in 2Q06
--  10G layer 3 managed fixed configuration switch revenue more than
    tripled in 2Q07 and port shipments more than doubled; Cisco began shipping
    this quarter
--  57% of worldwide Ethernet switch sales come from fixed switches, 43%
    from chassis
--  PoE accounts for 14% of all Ethernet switch port shipments in 2Q07
--  Cisco continues to lead in worldwide Ethernet switch revenue market
    share with 67%; followed by ProCurve and then 3Com/H3C; NETGEAR is 2nd for
    port share
--  F5 leads in worldwide application switch revenue, unit, and port
    market share
--  Almost 1/2 of all Ethernet switch revenue comes from North America in
    2Q07, about 1/3 comes from EMEA, and a 1/5 comes from Asia Pacific; the
    Asia Pacific and EMEA regions will gain share at the expense of North
    America over the next few years

Infonetics' switch report tracks application switches and Ethernet switches broken out by fixed configuration (unmanaged vs. managed with a layer 2 vs. layer 3 split), chassis, and PoE. Forecasts are updated quarterly. Companies tracked include 3Com/H3C, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Citrix Netscaler, D-Link, Extreme, F5, Force10, Foundry, Huawei, Linksys, NETGEAR, Nortel, ProCurve, Radware, SMC, and others.

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Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Matthias Machowinski
    Directing Analyst, Enterprise Voice & Data
    Infonetics Research
    (781) 933-9868
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