Dell'Oro: Carrier Ethernet router sales outpace switch sales

Nov. 15, 2007
NOVEMBER 15, 2007 -- As a result of the strong growth in the carrier Ethernet router segment, sales of carrier Ethernet routers are on the verge of surpassing carrier Ethernet switch sales, say analysts.

NOVEMBER 15, 2007 -- Revenue growth from sales of carrier Ethernet routers continued to outpace that of carrier Ethernet switches in the third quarter of 2007, reveals a new report from Dell'Oro Group (search for Dell'Oro Group). As a result of the strong growth in the carrier Ethernet router segment, sales of carrier Ethernet routers are on the verge of surpassing carrier Ethernet switch sales, say analysts.

The report, which tracks both routers and Ethernet switches used by telecommunications carriers in the access, aggregation, and edge portions of their networks, indicates that while router and switch revenue are neck-in-neck, switch ports still comprise the majority of the combined mix.

"Carrier Ethernet switch ports still comprise the vast majority of total market shipments due to their deployments closer to the end user where there are many more connections," explains Seamus Crehan, vice president at Dell'Oro Group.

The Dell'Oro Group's "Carrier Ethernet Quarterly Report" covers manufacturers' revenue, port/unit shipments, average selling prices, and regional information for carrier Ethernet routers and switches. The report also includes port shipment information by speed, including Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet.


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