RHK reports Nortel captures top market share in the European DWDM equipment market, followed by Lucent, Alcatel and Ciena

April 11, 2001
Apr. 11, 2001--New market share data released by telecom market research firm RHK Inc., shows shipments of WDM equipment for the European market in 2000 year-end were led by Nortel with a 31 percent market share.

New market share data released by telecom market research firm RHK Inc., shows shipments of WDM equipment for the European market in 2000 year-end were led by Nortel with a 31 percent market share, followed by Lucent at 19 percent, Alcatel at 17 percent and Ciena at 16 percent. Europe's continued pan-European network build-outs stemming from deregulation and increased global connectivity resulted in the WDM market climbing to $1.745 billion in 2000, more than doubling 1999 shipments.

"Last year was a milestone year for Europe with 80 percent of the pan-European pure-play operators completing network build-outs," commented RHK Director of European Optical Transport, Stéphane Téral. "As a result, the market for WDM equipment more than doubled in 2000." He adds, "In 2001, we expect to see a greater concentration on network expansion by incumbent PTTs and an increase in global connectivity through transoceanic links."

RHK's findings show Nortel captured the number one position in Europe, displacing Ciena. Nortel increased its market share from 23 percent in 1999 to 31 percent in 2000. Its success was also driven by the combination of STM-64 MS-SPRings topology, integrated DWDM/SDH systems pan-European pure-play build-outs. Lucent further enhanced its number two position in 2000, growing from 17 percent to 19 percent%, by leveraging its strong relationship with Deutsche Telekom, by demonstrating solid 40 Gbps capabilities for future systems, and providing customers with attractive financing packages. Alcatel, with a 17 percent share, up from 13 percent in 1999, secured its position by building a broad customer base and implementing a global approach to undersea transport.

Ciena, the number one supplier at 35 percent in 1999, saw its market share reduced to 16 percent. Although Ciena's share decreased, its revenues almost doubled with the success of its high-channel count DWDM system, metro core equipment, strong customer support and metro access system.

Marconi increased its position from 2 percent in 1999, up to 6 percent in 2000, as a result of expanding its geographic coverage through its acquisition of Bosch and Nokia transmission groups, and creating a clear product roadmap to 40 Gbps. Sycamore, Siemens and others followed with a combined 11 percent of the market.

About RHK:

RHKs European WDM & Optical Networks Service covers the role of WDM systems in Europe. RHK analysis covers the fifteen member nations of the European Union (EU) and four non-EU states: the Czech Republic, Norway, Poland, Hungary and Switzerland. RHK tracks and analyzes the market, technologies, and key vendors and service providers in this space. For more information, visit www.rhk.com.

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