Ethernet Gear Market to Double

LONDON -- Ethernet Expo: Europe 2008 -- The market for carrier Ethernet switches and routers (CESRs) is set to grow by at least 20 percent each year for the next four years and be worth $4.5 billion in 2012, according to projections unveiled here by Heavy Reading analyst Stan Hubbard.

Presenting to the conference audience here this morning, Hubbard said the CESR market was worth nearly $1.9 billion in 2007, is set to grow to be worth more than $3.4 billion in 2010, and grow further to $4.5 billion two years later.

He noted how much the market had changed in the past four years: "In 2004 there were only three companies in the carrier Ethernet switch market -- Atrica Inc. , Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Riverstone. Now there are more than 20." (See Nokia Siemens to Acquire Atrica and Lucent to Spend $207M for Riverstone.)

Elsewhere at the Ethernet Expo, following the first day's attack on the market's vendors, a number of equipment companies were announcing new contracts, partnerships, products, and, for one vendor, a rest from the M&A trail. (See Interoute CTO Blames Vendors for Confusion and A Guide to PBT/PBB-TE.)

  • RAD Data Communications Ltd. has landed a deal at Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA), which is using the vendor's ETX network termination units (NTUs) to enable its new suite of EtherLink Ethernet services. (See RAD Wins at Telekom Austria.)

    The RAD team also says it has built in support for Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) into its latest NTU device, the ETX-202A, just to cover any eventualities. (See RAD Intros Demarc Device.)

  • Service control specialist Soapstone Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: SOAP) has been busy at the Expo, showing off multivendor support for its Provider Network Controller (PNC), which provides network and service management capabilities for carrier Ethernet services, specifically PBT. (See Soapstone Shows Software and Avici Amped Up for Soapstone Launch.)

    Among the vendors Soapstone now supports are ANDA Networks Inc. , Telco Systems (BATM) , Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), and Nortel Networks Ltd. . (See ANDA, Soapstone Team.)

  • Test vendor JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) was showing off its multiservice 10 GigE test tool, the T-BERD/MTS-6000A, which, it claims, is the "most compact" product of its type. We can confirm that it's small. (See JDSU Shrinks 10-GigE Tester.)

  • Canadian test firm EXFO (Nasdaq: EXFO; Toronto: EXF) didn't buy anyone today -- and that's news, given its recent behavior. (See EXFO Builds With Brix and Test Vendor EXFO Buys Into IMS.)

    — Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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