SOURCE: Infonetics Research

February 15, 2007 18:00 ET

Cisco passes $10B in enterprise switch sales in 2006; 1G, 10G, PoE ports growing strong

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2007 -- Worldwide Ethernet switch revenue grew 3% to $4.3 billion between the third and fourth quarters of 2006, says Infonetics Research in its "Ethernet & Application Switches" report. Annual worldwide Ethernet switch sales are forecast to grow 20% between 2006 and 2009, from $15.6 billion to $18.6 billion.

"It was a good year for enterprise Ethernet switch manufacturers, with revenue growth picking up again and the market growing in the double digits," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst at Infonetics Research. "There were a few notable highlights in 2006: Cisco passed the $10-billion revenue mark, shipments of 10G ports almost doubled, and both PoE and 1G port shipments increased almost 50%. The next big segment to watch is 1G PoE."

CY06 Switch Highlights

--  Worldwide Ethernet switch port shipments are up 17% for the year, 2005
    to 2006
--  Worldwide 10/100 switch revenue fell, but port shipments grew 11%
--  Annual worldwide application switch revenue broke double-digit growth
    again, although the rate at which the market is growing decreased
--  Cisco holds 54% of worldwide port share in the layer 2 managed fixed
    configuration segment, followed by Huawei with 13%; but in the layer 3
    segment, the competition is close: ProCurve is just 3 points behind Cisco's
    24% port share
--  D-Link is first in worldwide revenue and second in port shipments for
    unmanaged fixed configuration switches; NETGEAR is first for ports, second
    for revenue
Infonetics' "Ethernet & Application Switches" 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 (fixed configuration vs. chassis). Forecasts are updated quarterly. Companies tracked include 3Com, ADTRAN, Alcatel, Allied Telesyn, Cisco, Citrix Netscaler, D-Link, Enterasys, Extreme, F5, Foundry, Huawei, Linksys, NETGEAR, Nortel, ProCurve, Radware, SMC, and others.

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Contact Information

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