SOURCE: Infonetics Research

May 06, 2008 16:55 ET

Infonetics Research: Metro Ethernet equipment sales up 27% in 2007, more carriers using and testing

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Worldwide metro Ethernet equipment sales hit $13 billion in 2007, up 27% from the previous year, and are projected by analyst firm Infonetics Research to continue growing in the double-digit percents over the next 4 years.

According to Infonetics' latest Metro Ethernet Equipment report, each year more Ethernet equipment is being deployed where previously SONET/SDH or ATM equipment was used.

"By 2011-2012, the majority of access and aggregation equipment being deployed by carriers around the world will be IP, Ethernet, and WDM, not SONET/SDH. In 2007 and especially in 2008, we're seeing more carriers using Ethernet, and more carriers conducting interoperability tests of all sorts of Ethernet products for residential broadband, business connections, and mobile backhaul," said Michael Howard, principal analyst for optical and metro Ethernet and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

According to the report, the hottest selling technologies in the metro Ethernet market are routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES), Ethernet over DSL, and Ethernet over optical. The fastest growing metro Ethernet technology over the next 5 years is Ethernet microwave, most of which will be used to support the move to IP and Ethernet in mobile backhaul, where microwave is used for 55%-60% of the mobile backhaul connections in the world.

More highlights from the report:

--  Sales of copper and fiber Ethernet access devices (EADs) will nearly
    quadruple from 2007 to 2011
--  ADVA Optical captures the #1 spot for worldwide EAD revenue market
    share in 2007, followed by RAD Data and ADTRAN
--  Worldwide metro Ethernet equipment ports hit 40.5 million in 2007, and
    will grow quickly through 2011, dominated by VDSL Ethernet 10/100M ports
    and EPON ports
--  The EMEA and Asia Pacific regions are more readily adopting Ethernet
    than North America and CALA, even though North America is the home of
    Ethernet; the Asian service providers embrace the simpler, less expensive

Infonetics' report includes market size, analysis, and forecasts through 2011 for metro Ethernet ports and equipment, including CES, IP core and edge routers, Ethernet over SONET/SDH, Ethernet over WDM, Ethernet over DSL and cable, Ethernet over microwave, EADs, and EPON. The report includes market share for EAD manufacturers, including ADTRAN, ADVA Optical, RAD Data, Zhone, and others.

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

Infonetics Research ( is an international market research analyst firm specializing in the Communications Industry. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Michael Howard
    Principal Analyst
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583.3351
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