|By Business Wire||
|March 4, 2014 12:44 PM EST||
“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 year ago
- 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
SDN AND NFV WEBINAR
Join analyst Michael Howard March 18 for SDN and NFV: The Nitty Gritty, a live event that takes a practical look at the requirements for SDN/NFV deployments and the lessons to be learned from live carrier network deployments to date. Learn more and register at: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=753277&s=1&k=1CE0FA8C06CEB57C4E995F51AAE899D7
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.
RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS
- Latest Infonetics Carrier Routing, Switching, Ethernet research brief: http://bit.ly/1hx4S8c
- Outdoor small cell challenges mount, stymieing deployments
- ALU, Huawei and Cisco get top marks from operators in mobile backhaul wireline survey
- Major network changes underway, this time to 100GE and packet-optical
- Cisco, Juniper, ALU, Huawei named top router/switch vendors by carriers in Infonetics survey
RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH
- Research Note: 2014 Outlook: Service Provider Routing and Carrier Ethernet (Jan.)
- Research Note: Mobile Backhaul Outlook 2014: Next Gen Mobile Evolution Begins to Transform Transport (Jan.)
- Research Note: Service Provider SDN and NFV: Top 2014 Trends (Feb.)
- Service Provider Routers & Switches Market Share/Forecasts - 4Q13 Full Report (Mar.)
- Ethernet Access Devices Market Share/Forecasts (Mar.)
- SDN & NFV Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (Mar.)
- Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment & Services Market Share/Forecasts (Apr.)
- 1G/10G/40G/100G Networking Ports Market Size/Forecasts (Apr.)
- Carrier Ethernet Equipment Market Size/Forecasts (May)
- SDN and NFV: The Nitty Gritty (Mar. 18: Attend)
- NFV: An Easier Initial Target Than SDN? (June 19: Sponsor)
- Making Your Network Run Hotter With SDN (2H14: Sponsor)
- SDN and NFV Roundup of Trials and Deployments (2H14: Sponsor)
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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 Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.
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