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SDN is Leading Carrier Router/Switch Market into a Period of Hesitation, Reports Infonetics’ Michael Howard
|By Business Wire
|March 4, 2014 12:44 PM EST
Market research firm Infonetics
Research released vendor market share and preliminary analysis from
its 4th quarter 2013 (4Q13) and year-end Service
Provider Routers and Switches report.
“Major change is in the air as carriers of all sizes proceed cautiously
with router and switch spending, in part because they are trialing SDN
(software-defined networking) or just beginning to figure out how to
proceed with SDN,” says Michael
Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics
Research. “The fourth quarter is usually an indicator for the
current year and sometimes a bellwether for the future. In the most
recent quarter (4Q13), North America had a double-digit sequential
decline in carrier router/switch revenue rather than the usual budget
flush, with weakness coming mostly from Verizon and AT&T, among the
global leaders of SDN activities.”
CARRIER ROUTER AND SWITCH MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
In 2013, worldwide service provider router and switch
revenue—including IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet
switches (CES)—was $14.5 billion, up just 2% from 2012
4Q13 carrier router/switch revenue is down 4% from the same period a
Prompted by the move to 100GE, the core router refresh is still mildly
in motion: Core routers are up 3.3% for the full year 2013, but flat
quarter-over-quarter (4Q13 from 3Q13)
There is intensifying focus on multiple content delivery networks
(CDNs) and smart traffic management across routes, aimed at making
routers and optical gear cooperate more closely
The top 4 manufacturers – Cisco, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and
Juniper stayed in dominant positions in 2013, together taking 83%
of global carrier router and switch revenue
Over the past 2 years, Huawei has increased its market share the most
of any vendor
With SDN hesitation slowing router and CES spending, Infonetics now
expects worldwide service provider router and switch revenue to grow
at a low single-digit CAGR
from 2013 to 2018, when it will reach $17.2 billion
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Infonetics’ quarterly service
provider router and switch report provides worldwide, regional,
China, and Japan market share, market size, forecasts through 2018,
analysis, and trends for IP edge and core routers, carrier Ethernet
switches, and the IP edge market by application. Vendors tracked include Alaxala,
Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi,
Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Tellabs, ZTE, and others. To buy
the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.
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N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard,
[email protected], +1 408-583-3335
N. America (East, Midwest), L. America: Scott Coyne,
[email protected], +1 408-583-3395
EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic,
[email protected], +44 755-488-1623
Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp
Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com)
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 effectively. View
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