SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

November 16, 2010 14:24 ET

Infonetics Research: Carrier router and switch market up 21% year-over-year, led by North America

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( today released excerpts from its third quarter 2010 (3Q10) Service Provider Routers and Switches vendor market share report (the full report with forecasts will be published by Nov. 24).

"North America is helping lead the telecom world out of the economic doldrums, with EMEA coming along quickly, as evidenced by the carrier router and switch market. Cisco accounted for the largest part of the third quarter revenue upswing, and Alcatel-Lucent added solid quarterly gains, both driven by IP edge router sales. The third quarter bore good news, and we believe the fourth quarter will be even better," predicts Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.


  • The service provider router and switch market -- including IP edge routers, IP core routers, carrier Ethernet switches (CES), and ATM switches -- grew 5% from 2Q10 to 3Q10, to $3.3 billion worldwide, even as ATM switch sales continued to tank
  • The overall carrier router and switch market is up 21% year-over-year (3Q10 over 3Q09)
  • The North American IP edge and core router market is up 41% year-over-year
  • Market leaders Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent posted double-digit percent sequential increases in carrier router revenue in 3Q10
  • Huawei and Juniper also posted carrier router gains in 3Q10, with revenue up in the single-digit percents

Infonetics' Service Provider Routers and Switches report tracks Alcatel-Lucent, Avici, Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Extreme, Force10, Fujitsu, Hitachi Cable, Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Orckit-Corrigent, Tellabs, ZTE, and others.

The report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, and analysis (forecasts and more in-depth analysis will be published Nov. 24). Equipment tracked: IP core routers, IP edge routers, carrier Ethernet switches, and multiservice ATM switches; IP edge routers and CES by application (multiservice edge, BRAS, Ethernet access transport, Ethernet services edge), as well as port count and port revenue detail for Ethernet ports (10M/100M, 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G), ATM/frame relay/PPP ports, POS/ATM/WDM ports, and other ports (FDDI, serial, analog, etc.).

Regions tracked: Asia Pacific (with breakouts for China, Japan and the rest of Asia), Central and Latin America (CALA), EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), North America, and worldwide.


See CARRIER ROUTING, SWITCHING, AND ETHERNET on Infonetics' portal ( for more:


Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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