SOURCE: Infonetics Research

March 05, 2008 13:04 ET

Infonetics Research: Ethernet switch market up 9% to $17B in 2007; application switches pass $1B mark

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Sales of Ethernet switches dipped 2% from 3Q07 to 4Q07, but are up 9% for the year, growing to $17.3 billion worldwide in 2007 from 2006, according to Infonetics Research's latest "Ethernet and Application Switches" report.

"The Ethernet switch market had an expected seasonally down quarter, although the market did slightly better than expectations. Surprisingly, emerging segments didn't significantly buck the trend of seasonality; only the 1G unmanaged fixed configuration Ethernet switch segment grew strongly in the fourth quarter," said Infonetics Research's Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise voice and data.

"On the vendor front, 3Com's revenue share nearly doubled in 2007 after buying out Huawei's ownership interest in H3C. Aside from that, there weren't any significant high-level market share shake-ups in the switch market this year," Machowinski added.

Other highlights from the report:

--  The application switch market passed the $1 billion mark in 2007
--  Best performing segment in 2007: fixed managed Layer 3 Ethernet
    switches, revenue for which jumped 35% worldwide, driven by strong 1G and
    10G port shipments
--  Cisco continues to lead the overall Ethernet and application switch
    market by far, and managed to boost revenue market share by 1 point to 66%
    in 2007
--  ProCurve, Nortel, and 3Com/H3C, who each have roughly 4% to 5% of
    worldwide revenue, are Cisco's closest competitors
--  Cisco and F5 continue to dominate in the application switch space

Infonetics' report tracks application switches and Ethernet switches broken out by fixed configuration (unmanaged vs. managed, layer 2 vs. layer 3), chassis, and PoE by form factor and speed. Market share, now shown in flexible pivot tables, and forecasts are updated quarterly and cover all regions. Companies tracked include 3Com/H3C, Alcatel-Lucent, Blade, Cisco, Citrix NetScaler, D-Link, Extreme, F5, Force10, Foundry, Huawei, Linksys, NETGEAR, Nortel, ProCurve, Radware, SMC, and others.

For report highlights, log in to Infonetics' online portal from For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

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

Contact Information

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