SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

October 13, 2009 09:11 ET

Infonetics Research: Carriers rank Nortel as top 40G/100G technology leader in optical equipment vendor survey

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research this week published Optical Equipment Vendor Ratings: Global Service Provider Survey, which polled purchase decision-makers at carriers in EMEA, North America, and Asia Pacific about optical transmission and switching equipment vendors.

The survey, part of Infonetics' Optical Continuous Research Service (CRS), asked service providers which optical equipment vendors they have installed and are evaluating for future purchases, which they consider the top optical equipment vendors, which they consider leaders in 40G and 100G technology, and their familiarity with and ratings of optical equipment vendors.


"Carriers by and large see Alcatel-Lucent as both a commercial and technological leader in the optical equipment market, but they have issues with their pricing. Huawei performed surprisingly well in our open-ended questions about leading optical equipment vendors, especially considering most of the carriers we interviewed are based in North America and EMEA, where Huawei has little to no presence," notes Andrew Schmitt, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for optical.


-- In an open-ended question about 40G and 100G technology leaders, most
   service providers named Nortel as the top vendor
   -- Other companies making the list (not in order of ranking) include
      ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Infinera,
      Juniper, Mintera, NEC, Nokia Siemens, and StrataLight/Opnext
-- Service providers rated 8 optical equipment vendors (Alcatel-Lucent,
   Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, and Tellabs) on
   8 criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management,
   price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, and service
   and support
   -- There were several surprises in the ratings results; for example,
      Huawei received the third highest average rating for service and
      support, stereotypically considered Huawei's weakness


In August 2009, Infonetics Research surveyed knowledgeable purchase decision-makers at service providers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (55%), North America (39%) and Asia Pacific (6%) that have optical transmission and switching equipment deployed in their network.

The service providers participating in the optical vendor rating survey are a mix of incumbents (54%), and competitives (33%), ranging from large incumbent service providers to smaller fiber-based competitive carriers, that together represent 15% of the world's telecom capex and 19% of the world's carrier revenue, as reported in Infonetics' Service Provider Capex, Opex, ARPU, and Subscribers service.

For more service provider and enterprise surveys conducted by Infonetics Research, see


To view the table of contents and questionnaire used to interview service providers, log in or join:

From the portal, go to RESEARCH, then OPTICAL.


-- Larry Howard, Vice President:, +1 (408) 583-3335

-- Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe, Middle East:, +1 408.583.3395


-- Optical network hardware market hits bottom in North America; EMEA region weakens

-- ZTE, NEC take share in Asia optical network hardware market; ZTE passes Alcatel-Lucent

-- $1 of every $7 spent on optical equipment is by verticals other than service providers


-- Optical Network Hardware (full report November 24; market share released earlier)

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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