SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

August 20, 2009 18:34 ET

Infonetics Research: Carriers rank Juniper top in IP edge routers, Cisco top in carrier Ethernet switches in new survey

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released results from its CES and Router Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, which polled purchase decision-makers at 27 carriers from EMEA, North America, and Asia Pacific about their familiarity with and perceptions of equipment manufacturers.

In the survey, Infonetics asked service providers to rate carrier Ethernet switch (CES) and IP edge router vendors on 8 criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio (value), pricing, financial stability, and service and support.

Service providers rated 6 CES vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson-Redback, Extreme, Foundry, and Huawei) and 6 router vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson-Redback, Huawei, Juniper, and Tellabs) on the 8 criteria. In addition, router and switch vendor ZTE was named in several survey responses.

The service providers participating in the survey are a mix of incumbent carriers, competitive operators, MSOs, and wireless operators with cumulative 2008 revenue of $65 billion and capital expenses (capex) of $273 billion, representing 22% of the world's telecom capex and 16% of the world's carrier revenue.

ANALYST NOTE

"In our carrier Ethernet switch and IP edge router survey, service providers rated market leader Cisco the highest overall for carrier Ethernet switches, further validating their CES leadership position -- although they were beat by the competition in some categories. Juniper is first among IP edge router manufacturers in the survey, with the highest overall rating from service providers. There are a few other nice surprises in the survey; for example, Foundry receives the highest average rating for CES price-to-performance (or value), even above Huawei," notes Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks for Infonetics Research.

MORE INFORMATION

Log on or join: http://www.infonetics.com/login

From the portal, go to RESEARCH, then CARRIER ROUTING, SWITCHING, AND ETHERNET.

SALES

--  Larry Howard, Vice President: larry@infonetics.com, +1 (408) 583-3335
--  Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe,
    Middle East: scott@infonetics.com, +1 408.583.3395
    

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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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