SOURCE: Infonetics Research

February 26, 2008 13:59 ET

Infonetics Research: Service provider router and switch sales hit all-time high in 2007, led by Cisco, Juniper

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - Worldwide sales of service provider routers and switches totaled $11.2 billion in 2007, up 16% from 2006, an all-time high for routers and switches, which have been steadily climbing since the nadir in 2003, says Infonetics Research in its quarterly report, "Service Provider Routers and Switches."

"The common drivers pushing the carrier router and switch market upward are 1) the ongoing migration to next generation networks based on IP, MPLS, and Ethernet, and 2) growth in consumer broadband, corporate, IP video, and mobile data traffic," said Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics. "Of course, the traffic jams are being caused by user applications, like music and video downloading, YouTube clips (even corporations are using YouTube for marketing videos), online news, and social networks like MySpace. As an example, I recently watched video feeds of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race for a few hours at a time, something not possible a year ago."

Other highlights from the report:

--  Cisco's router and switch sales are up 20% year-over-year, Juniper's
    are up 25%
--  After 11% and 9% sequential jumps in the second and third quarters,
    the overall market is relatively quiet in the fourth quarter, up 2%
--  The 40G market for routers and WDM is on the uptake; 100G is at least
    2 years out
--  In 2007, Juniper pulls ahead of Alcatel-Lucent to gain the #2 spot in
    worldwide market share for service provider routers and switches; Cisco
    maintains its strong overall lead
--  Worldwide carrier Ethernet switch (CES) port shipments are up 36% in
    2007; Cisco continues to lead by far in this segment, followed by Huawei
    and Nokia Siemens

Infonetics' report provides market share, market size, forecasts, and port details for IP core and edge routers, carrier Ethernet switches (CES), enterprise-class Ethernet switches, and multiservice ATM switches. The report also tracks IP edge routers and CES by application (multiservice edge, BRAS, Ethernet access transport, and Ethernet services edge).

The report tracks Alcatel-Lucent, Avici, Ciena, Cisco, ECI, Ericsson, Extreme, Foundry, Fujitsu, Hitachi Cable, Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Redback, Tellabs, and others.

Download report highlights by logging in to Infonetics' access portal from (see the Metro Ethernet, Routing, and Switching area). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

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

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    Infonetics Research
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