Infonetics Research: Carrier switch and router market up 17 percent in 4Q09

Communications industry market research firm Infonetics Research has released vendor market share data from the fourth-quarter (4Q09) edition of its "Service Provider Routers and Switches" forecast report.

FEBRUARY 18, 2010 -- Communications industry market research firm Infonetics Research has released vendor market share data from the fourth-quarter (4Q09) edition of its "Service Provider Routers and Switches" forecast report.

"The top two vendors in the service provider router space, Cisco and Juniper, together went from owning 69 percent of the worldwide router market in 2008 to 59 percent in 2009, while Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and others gained share. Interestingly, smaller player Tellabs pushed past Ericsson in 2009, putting them in the top five for the first time. Tellabs had an especially strong year based on their focus on the mobile sector. All six of the top router vendors posted strong double-digit revenue increases in the fourth quarter, and we expect modest growth in the router segment to continue in 2010 as carriers carry out fixed-mobile convergence strategies for their router networks," notes Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights include:
- Worldwide revenue from service provider IP edge routers, IP core routers, carrier Ethernet switches, and multiservice ATM switches jumped 17 percent in 4Q09, led by strong IP edge router sales
- While the combined market was buoyed in the fourth quarter, it was not enough to offset losses for the year, bringing the overall market down 12 percent from 2008 to 2009, to $11.1 billion
- Multiservice ATM switches led the downward trend, as expected (this segment has been in decline for many quarters now)
- Asia Pacific is the only region to post year-over-year growth in IP edge and core router revenue, up 19 percent in 2009 from 2008, pushed in no small part by the Chinese government telecom stimulus and the competitiveness of the newly re-organized Chinese operators

Infonetics' service provider router and switch report provides vendor market share for Alcatel-Lucent, Avici, Brocade (Foundry), Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Extreme, Fujitsu, Hitachi Cable, Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Tellabs, ZTE, and others.

The report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2014, and analysis for IP core and edge routers, carrier Ethernet switches, and multiservice ATM switches.

The report also tracks IP edge routers and CES by application (multiservice edge, BRAS, Ethernet access transport, and Ethernet services edge), as well as port count and port revenue for Ethernet (10M/100M, 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G), ATM/frame relay/PPP, POS/ATM/WDM, and others (FDDI, serial, analog, etc.).

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