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Infonetics: ‘SDN Hesitation’ Slows Carrier Router and Switch Spending in 1Q14
|By Business Wire
|May 29, 2014 04:48 AM EDT
Market research firm Infonetics
Research released vendor market share and analysis from its 1st
quarter 2014 (1Q14) Service
Provider Routers and Switches report.
“Last quarter, we identified the ‘SDN hesitation,’ where we believe the
enormity of the coming software-defined networking and network functions
virtualization (NFV) transformation is making carriers be more cautious
with their spending. This hesitation reared its head in the first
quarter of 2014, where global service provider router and switch revenue
increased only 2% from the year-ago quarter,” notes Michael
Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics
“We believe the current generation of high-capacity edge and core
routers can be nursed along for a while as the detailed steps of the
SDN-NFV transformation are defined by each service provider—and many of
the largest operators in the world are involved, including AT&T, BT,
Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, NTT, China Telecom, and China
Mobile,” continues Howard.
“And there is intensifying focus on multiple CDNs (content delivery
networks) and smart traffic management across various routes and
alternative routes to make routers and optical gear cooperate more
CARRIER ROUTER AND SWITCH MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
The global carrier router and switch market, including IP edge and
core routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES), totaled $3.2 billion
in 1Q14, down 13% from 4Q13, and up just 2% from the year-ago quarter
Revenue for all product segments—IP edge and core routers and
CES—declined by double digits sequentially in 1Q14
Likewise, all major geographical regions (NA, EMEA, APAC, CALA) are
also down from the prior quarter, though all but N. America are up
from the same period a year ago
The top 4 router and CES vendors stayed in dominant positions in 1Q14,
but positions 2–4 played musical chairs: Cisco maintained its
lead, Juniper rose to 2nd, Alcatel-Lucent
rose to 3rd, and Huawei dropped to 4th
Infonetics is projecting 5-year (2013–2018) CAGRs
of 4.3% for edge routers, 2.9% for core routers, and 0.7% for CES
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CARRIER ROUTER/SWITCH REPORT SYNOPSIS
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 and carrier Ethernet
switches. Vendors tracked: Alaxala, Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Ciena,
Cisco, Coriant, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, Juniper, NEC,
UTStarcom, ZTE, and others. To buy
the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.
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communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking
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