SOURCE: Infonetics Research

October 31, 2007 18:12 ET

Metro Ethernet equipment market to nearly double to $18.8B in 2010 from 2006

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - October 31, 2007) - Worldwide sales of metro Ethernet equipment are forecast to nearly double between 2006 and 2010, when they will reach $18.8 billion, says a new report from Infonetics Research, "Metro Ethernet Equipment."

According to the report, the hottest selling technologies in the metro Ethernet market are routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES), Ethernet over optical, and Ethernet over DSL.

"The metro Ethernet market picked up some steam in the last 6 months. From 2006 to 2007, port shipments will increase in every metro Ethernet equipment category we track, and we'll see revenue growth in all categories except Ethernet over DSL and cable. The slight decline in Ethernet over DSL and cable revenue is due to price erosion, as ports are up," said Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

More highlights from the report:

- Main drivers fueling the metro Ethernet market:
   - Ethernet is less expensive than other technologies
   - Broadband subscriber numbers are skyrocketing, forcing service
     providers to upgrade their networks with DSL, cable, PON, and
     Ethernet FTTH
   - Rapid uptake in video and IPTV services are creating traffic
     increases that require more bandwidth, stringent QoS, and network
- Worldwide revenue from bonded copper Ethernet access devices (EADs) will
  nearly double from 2006 to 2007, fueled by rapid Ethernet services
- Sales of Ethernet microwave equipment are skyrocketing, up 631% in 2007
  from 2006
- IP routers and CES will make up 52% of the total metro Ethernet
  equipment market in 2007; Ethernet microwave's share will more
  than quadruple between 2007 and 2010
- ADVA Optical leads worldwide EAD revenue in 2006 with about a third
  of the market, due to strong fiber deployments; ADTRAN is 2nd based
  on their bonded copper products
- Asia Pacific will account for 37% of all metro Ethernet equipment
  revenue in 2007, North America for 30%, EMEA 28%, and CALA 5%

Infonetics' report includes market size, analysis, and forecasts through 2010 for metro Ethernet ports and equipment, including, CES, IP core and edge routers, Ethernet over SONET/SDH, Ethernet over WDM, Ethernet over DSL and cable, EADs (fiber and copper), Ethernet over microwave, and EPON. The report also includes market share for EAD manufacturers.

Companies tracked in the report include ADTRAN, ADVA Optical, Alcatel-Lucent, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, ECI, Ericsson, Extreme, Foundry, Fujitsu, Hatteras, Hitachi, Huawei, Hyundai, Juniper, Meriton, Motorola, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, RAD Data, Redback, Samsung, Tellabs, UTStarcom, Zhone, Zyxel, and many others.

Download report highlights at For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or (408) 583-3335.

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

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Michael Howard
    Principal Analyst
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583.3351
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