The Ethernet Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) switch market continues to be held hostage by the downturn in the econ...
September 17, 2002
The Ethernet Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) switch market continues to be held hostage by the downturn in the economy, according to In-Stat MDR.
The market research firm reports that a veritable conspiracy between the incumbent service providers and their traditional equipment vendors will continue to stifle the spread of "LAN-style" Ethernet MANS, until both venture capital availability and customer demand for high-bandwidth access come on strong again.
However, the firm reports that Ethernet has proven itself to have a compelling set of market advantages, and despite the bleak picture this year, the overall market will reach US$5.9 billion within the next four years.
"Despite the intimidating set of market conditions arrayed before before LAN-style Ethernet MANs, the truth is out there," says Lauri Vickers, manager of the firm’s LAN group. "The true extension of the LAN into the MAN space will take place, but it is most likely going to have to be done as an end-around the existing service providers and their equipment vendors."
In-Stat/MDR also found that while Gigabit Ethernet will account for the majority of the Ethernet MAN switch market through 2006, "10 Gigabit Ethernet is expected to ramp up rapidly in this space."
Further information is available at www.instat.com.