Router and switch sales hit all-time high in 2007

Worldwide sales of service provider routers and switches totalled $11.2bn in 2007, up 16 per cent from 2006 - an all-time high for routers and switches, which have been steadily climbing since 2003, says Infonetics Research in its quarterly report, Service Provider Routers and Switches.

Worldwide sales of service provider routers and switches totalled $11.2 bn in 2007, up 16 per cent from 2006 - an all-time high for routers and switches, which have been steadily climbing since 2003's nadir, says Infonetics Research in its quarterly report, Service Provider Routers and Switches.

The common drivers pushing the carrier router and switch market upward are: Ongoing migration to next generation networks based on IP, MPLS, and Ethernet; and growth in consumer broadband, corporate, IP video, and mobile data traffic, says the analyst.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • Cisco's router and switch sales are up 20 per cent year-over-year, Juniper's are up 25 per cent.
  • Content providers are offering new on-demand and broadband video services that eat up more bandwidth into the home.
  • Residential and commercial developers are trying to outdo the competition with better and more high tech offerings.
  • Municipalities around the world - notably in Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Dubai - are upgrading their networks to Ethernet FTTH (fibre to the home) to keep and attract new jobs in an age where access to digital information is the highest priority.

Infonetics' Service Provider Routers and Switches report provides market share, market size, forecasts, and port details for IP core and edge routers, carrier Ethernet switches (CES), enterprise-class Ethernet switches, and multi-service ATM switches. The report also tracks IP edge routers and CES by application (multi-service edge, BRAS, Ethernet access transport, and Ethernet services edge).

Vendors the report tracks include Alcatel-Lucent, Avici, Ciena, Cisco, ECI, Ericsson, Extreme, Foundry, Fujitsu, Hitachi Cable, Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Redback, and Tellabs. www.infonetics.com

Image: Wordlwide service provider router and switch manufacturer revenue forecast. Source: Infonetics Research's Service Provider Routers and Switches.

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