SOURCE: Infonetics Research

October 26, 2006 14:36 ET

Metro Ethernet equipment sales to triple to $15B between 2005 and 2009, says Infonetics

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- Led by strong growth in Ethernet over copper and cable products and carrier Ethernet switches and routers, worldwide sales of metro Ethernet equipment are surging, from just under $5 billion in 2005 to over $15 billion in 2009, says a new report by Infonetics Research.

According to the report, "Metro Ethernet Equipment Worldwide Market Size and Forecasts," metro Ethernet equipment sales will accumulate $49.6 billion over the five-year period between 2005 and 2009.

"Ethernet has almost universal appeal to carriers and their customers because it helps lower their telecom costs," says Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research. "Service providers increasingly deploy Ethernet solutions for a variety of uses, but mainly to offer new revenue-generating services. The two most popular types of Ethernet equipment are Ethernet over copper and cable and carrier-class Ethernet switches and routers, which together will make up over two-thirds of the overall metro Ethernet market by 2009. Ethernet access devices (EADs) are a particularly fast-growing segment, reaching about $685 million in 2009, as BT, BellSouth, COLT, Verizon, AT&T and other large providers increasingly use them to roll out Ethernet and mobile backhaul services."

Report Highlights

--  Worldwide sales of carrier Ethernet switches and routers hit $2.1
    billion in 2005 and will more than double to $4.6 billion in 2009
--  Metro Ethernet port shipments are projected to skyrocket in the next
    few years, increasing more than 700% between 2005 and 2009; the majority of
    ports sold will be VDSL copper ports and EPON ports
--  Every year Ethernet will account for a larger portion of metro capex
--  North America accounted for 34% of all metro Ethernet equipment
    revenue in 2005; Asia Pacific for 33%, EMEA for 30%, and CALA for 3%;
    through 2009, Asia Pacific will takes share from other regions due to the
    stronger concentration of fast-growing VDSL and EPON in the region

Infonetics' report includes market size, analysis, and forecasts through 2009 for metro Ethernet ports and metro Ethernet equipment, including EADs, enterprise-class Ethernet switches and routers, carrier Ethernet switches and routers, Ethernet over SONET/SDH, RPR over fiber, Ethernet over WDM, Ethernet over copper and cable, EPON.

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

Contact Information

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    Infonetics Research
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