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Infonetics: Telecom Operators Spending $150 Billion Over 5 Years on Carrier Ethernet Equipment, Driven by IP

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Carrier Ethernet Equipment market size and forecast report, which tracks investment, penetration, and use of carrier Ethernet products in service provider networks.


“Carrier Ethernet is one of the key technologies that’s globally integral to IP transformation projects as operators are finalizing the move from TDM to packet-based networks. In 2013, these investments amounted to over $27 billion, and we forecast them to total $147 billion in the five-year period between 2014 and 2018,” reports Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.


  • Mobile backhaul continues to be a carrier Ethernet growth area: Ethernet equipment spending for mobile backhaul was $8.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to increase to over $9.2 billion in 2018
  • On the other hand, pricing and technology changes are causing SONET/SDH to decline and microwave growth to slow
  • Infonetics expects the global carrier Ethernet equipment market to top $30 billion in 2018
  • The chief drivers of the carrier Ethernet equipment market are the move to IP packet networks and the growing traffic from consumer, business, and mobile backhaul networks, particularly video traffic


Join analyst Michael Howard June 19 at 11:00 AM EDT for NFV: An Easier Initial Target Than SDN?, a free, live event for operators exploring use cases, lessons learned, and recommendations for developing NFV projects. Attend live or access the replay at:


Infonetics’ Carrier Ethernet report provides market size, forecasts, analysis, and trends for the Ethernet portion of equipment used in carrier networks, including switches, IP core and edge routers, SONET/SDH, WDM, VDSL, Ethernet access device (EAD), EPON, and microwave equipment, as well as ports by speed. Companies tracked: Adcomtec, Adtran, Adva, Alcatel-Lucent, BTI Systems, Calix, Ciena, Cisco, Exalt Communications, Global Capacity, Huawei, Infinera, Juniper, Keymile, Lantiq, Overture, RAD Data, Telco Systems, others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.



Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.


Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • NFV: An Easier Initial Target Than SDN? (June 19: Attend)
  • Unlocking Revenues with Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Wholesale E-Access (View on-demand)
  • NFV: The Nitty Gritty (View on-demand)
  • Virtualizing Networks with SDN NVOs and Bare Metal Switches (View on-demand)
  • Making Your Network Run Hotter With SDN (Sponsor)
  • The Role of NFV in Mobile Networks (Sponsor)


N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard [email protected] +1 408-583-3335

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

Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song [email protected] +86 21-3919-8505

Japan 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics [email protected] +81 3-6408-5566

South Korea 대한민국 Doug Moon, MBAP [email protected], +82 2-3453-9400


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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