Cisco and Juniper take top honours in carrier poll

Cisco and Juniper Networks are continuing to slug it out in the carrier Ethernet switch market, according to the latest installment of Infonetics Research’s ‘CES and Router Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey’, which polled decision-makers at 27 carriers from EMEA, North America, and Asia Pacific about their equipment manufacturers.

In the survey, Infonetics asked service providers to rate carrier Ethernet switch (CES) and IP edge router vendors on eight criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio (value), pricing, financial stability, and service and support.

Service providers rated six CES vendors - Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson-Redback, Extreme, Foundry, and Huawei - and six router vendors - Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson-Redback, Huawei, Juniper, and Tellabs - on the specified criteria. In addition, router and switch vendor ZTE was named in several survey responses.

The service providers participating in the survey are a mix of incumbent carriers, competitive operators, MSOs, and wireless operators with cumulative 2008 revenue of $65bn and capital expenses (capex) of $273bn, representing 22 per cent of the world’s telecom capex, and 16per cent of global carrier revenue.

"Service providers rated market leader Cisco the highest overall for carrier Ethernet switches, further validating their CES leadership position – although it was beat by the competition in some categories,” comments Infonetics co-founder and principal analyst Michael Howard. “Juniper Networks is first among IP edge router manufacturers in the survey, with the highest overall rating from service providers. There are a few other nice surprises in the survey; for example, Foundry receives the highest average rating for CES price-to-performance (or value), even above Huawei.”

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