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Metro Ethernet market heading into major growth mode: Infonetics

Led by strong growth in Ethernet over copper and cable products and carrier Ethernet switches and routers, worldwid...


October 27, 2006  


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Led by strong growth in Ethernet over copper and cable products and carrier Ethernet switches and routers, worldwide sales of Metro Ethernet equipment are surging, from just under US$5 billion in 2005 to over US$15 billion in 2009, says a new report by Infonetics Research.

According to the report, “Metro Ethernet Equipment Worldwide Market Size and Forecasts,” Metro Ethernet equipment sales will accumulate US$49.6 billion over the five-year period between 2005 and 2009.

“Ethernet has almost universal appeal to carriers and their customers because it helps lower their telecom costs,” says Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

“Service providers increasingly deploy Ethernet solutions for a variety of uses, but mainly to offer new revenue-generating services.”

The two most popular types of Ethernet equipment are Ethernet over copper and cable and carrier-class Ethernet switches and routers, which together will make up over two-thirds of the overall Metro Ethernet market by 2009.

Ethernet access devices (EADs) are a particularly fast-growing segment and are expected to reach about US$685 million in 2009, the report says.