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Ethernet Switch Market Down 15% in the First Quarter as Growth Stalls, Reports Infonetics

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 1st quarter (1Q14) Ethernet Switches report, which tracks unmanaged, web-managed, and fully-managed fixed and chassis switches by port speed (100M/1G/10G/40G/100G).


“In the first quarter of 2014, Ethernet switch revenue declined sharply, as a strong performance by Juniper and Arista was not enough to offset weak results at number-one Cisco. For now, the positive growth momentum that developed in the second half of 2013 has stalled,” notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.


  • Worldwide Ethernet switch revenue plummeted 15% from 4Q13 to 1Q14, to $4.8 billion, and the market is essentially flat from a year ago
  • Market leader Cisco’s revenue declined 7% year-over-year in 1Q14, and its shortfall was to some degree made up by other vendors, such as HP, which produced steady results, Juniper, which was up 52%, and Arista, which was up over 90%
  • In 1Q14, web-managed switches are up by double digits sequentially and from the year-ago 1st quarter
  • The action is in high-bandwidth port shipments: 10G Ethernet ports are up 37% on a year-over-year basis in 1Q14, 40G ports have tripled, and 100G ports are up more than thirty-fold
  • China drove year-over-year Ethernet switching growth in 1Q14; meanwhile, North America and EMEA stalled, though Infonetics expects this to be a temporary setback


Infonetics’ quarterly Ethernet switch report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for Ethernet switches and PoE, including ports, fixed configuration switches, and chassis switches. Vendors tracked: Adtran, Alaxala, Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, Extreme, Hitachi Metal, HP, Huawei, IBM, Juniper, Netgear, Ruby Tech, TP-Link, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:



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N. America (East, Midwest), L. America: Scott Coyne, [email protected], +1 408-583-3395

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