SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

July 28, 2011 15:06 ET

Infonetics Research: Majority of carriers plan IPv6 in 2011; caching, CDN critical to reduce traffic loads

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 28, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research today released excerpts from its global service provider survey, IPv6 and Caching Strategies; Router and CES Vendor Leadership.

"Though the industry has been talking about IPv6 for over a decade, it's finally enjoying a quiet evolution, with 83% of the service providers we interviewed already deploying IPv6 or planning to by next year, and all have plans of migrating. With IPv4 addresses running out in some places in the world by 2012, and as many as 15 billion machine-to-machine (M2M) devices expected to be connected to the Internet by 2015, each needing its own IP address, IPv6 migration has become a front-and-center issue for carriers," notes Michael Howard, co-founder of Infonetics Research.

Howard adds: "Our survey also confirms that routers and Carrier Ethernet switches will be an important part of solving the video traffic problem, especially for providers with broadband subscribers, as 47% of carriers implementing caching plan to move associated routers and switches closer to their subscribers."


  • The majority of service providers have or plan to add caching capabilities on or near routers and/or Carrier Ethernet switches to address network congestion, much of which is caused by exploding video traffic
  • The percentage of service providers deploying content delivery networks (CDNs) is growing from 38% this year to 50% by 2013
  • The vendors most often cited by carriers as the "top IP edge and Carrier Ethernet switch vendors" are Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper, and Huawei

For its 19-page IPv6 and Caching Strategies; Router/CES Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, Infonetics interviewed router purchase decision-makers at 24 service providers that together spend more than a third of the world's telecom capex and generate a full third of the revenue. Incumbent carriers, competitive operators, mobile operators, and cable operators from North America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA participated. The report explores carrier plans for IPv6, caching on or near routers, and CDNs, as well as service provider ratings of Carrier Ethernet switch and router manufacturers. Vendors named by carriers in response to both prompted and open-ended questions include Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Cisco, ECI, Ericsson, Extreme, Fujitsu, Huawei, Juniper, Nokia Siemens Networks, Tellabs, ZTE, and others.

Download report prospectuses, highlights, etc. at (see CARRIER ROUTING, SWITCHING, AND ETHERNET).


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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