Report: Multiservice Is In

File under: Believe it or Not. Multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs) seem impervious to the telecom slowdown, according to a new report from IDC. The market researcher says these products are not only selling well to carriers right now, but the market for them will show a compound annual growth rate of 42.7 percent for the next several years.

"This is a market that will continue to grow despite the economic slowdown," says IDC analyst Sterling Perrin, who coauthored the report. He says the popularity of MSPPs has grown among incumbent carriers seeking to introduce new services quickly without giving up the use of their existing Sonet infrastructures.

According to IDC, MSPPs are flexible network edge devices that that blend data networking functions in one box, including "Sonet multiplexers, DWDM terminals, distributed digital cross connects, Layer 2 switches, and IP routers."

By furnishing setup and control between Sonet and next-generation network connections, MSPPs streamline an otherwise costly and time-consuming process, IDC says. Without MSPPs, new services would require a complicated series of maneuvers involving multiple manual adjustments to the Sonet network, as well as to multiple crossconnects, IP switches, and routers.

In IDC's view, the majority of MSPPs on the market today don't yet pack all of the capabilities listed above, but instead comprise metro Sonet switches with the ability to map data into a variety of interfaces, such as high-speed Ethernet.

Due to the relatively small number of products now available, IDC says the market is currently dominated by a handful of players, even though plenty of gear is in development.

Last year, for instance, sales of the ONS 15454 from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and the Optera 3500 from Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) accounted for the lion's share of MSPP revenues worldwide, IDC says.

Another 5 percent came largely from sales of the 2400 ADX from Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. and the SmartEdge series from Redback Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: RBAK). IDC doesn't have finalized marketshare data yet for 2001. But Perrin says early results show significant sales materializing for the MetroDirector K2 platform from Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN).

(NOTE: Light Reading has its own definition and taxonomy of MSPPs that predates and is unrelated to IDC's -- see Multiservice Provisioning Platforms.)

— Mary Jander, Senior Editor, Light Reading
my2cents 12/4/2012 | 7:52:08 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In I think the CSCO MGX 8xxx product line more fits the bill of MSPP. Lot of information in this article is incorrect, which is not surprising.
SS7 12/4/2012 | 7:52:08 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In My understanding of Multiservice consist of support a variety of physical interfaces while having a variety of internetworking support. For example having the ability to support ATM, Frame, IP, CES, and traditional TDM services.

Please correct me if I am wrong but isnGÇÖt the 454 a pure TDM Sonet ADM? Where is the Multiservice?
B8ZS 12/4/2012 | 7:52:04 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In Mary, I tested the Cerent since Rel. 1 and the 3500 since alpha, what exactly do you mean by multiservice platform? Could you explain or are you just using buzz words?
lightreading 12/4/2012 | 7:52:03 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In truly amazing. here we have an article based on information gathered from a market research report, which comes a day after another article written about the market research firms themselves and how inaccurate they have been in the last several months! is this a bad joke? or maybe some type of psych experiment.

not only is the reporting absurd, the category of equipment cited in the report (MSPPs) doesn't even legitimately exist yet!! who has a *true* MSPP deployed in a network today? someone please tell me one network that is using any one of these devices to simultaneously route/switch data (IP, ethernet, GbE...) and mux/groom TDM (OC-3/12/48) circuits/interfaces on the same box. it's alpha at best. the performance and functionality for this is so limited right now that this is still a pipe-dream, so to speak (yes, on the 454 too).

time for a little reality check everyone.

lightmaster 12/4/2012 | 7:52:01 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In There is no such thing as a Multiservice Platform "market" because it can mean anything you want from a vanilla SONET box with Ethernet interfaces to an ATM switch that supports circuit emulation and IP.

Lumping them all together in a category is extremely misleading. The success of the Cerent 454 as a cheap SONET ADM with Ethernet interfaces bears little relationship to the potential market for a box that supports ATM switching and IP routing as a Lucent (Cascade) 550 replacement or a box that integrates an Internet router.

The report makes a very good point, which is that SONET devices that are cheaper and more data friendly are gaining share in the SONET ADM market, but there is no "MSPP" market.

If it's just Ethernet interfaces that make a SONET box an MSPP then Fujitsu dominates the market due to their RBOC sales (they have had Ethernet interfaces for years). Why weren't they counted?

This is all about lining up the mirrors so they support your point of view. What a great marketing scheme for Cisco! They can claim they have 75% of the MSPP market instead of 1% of the SONET ADM market.

lighten up!! 12/4/2012 | 7:51:41 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In The term multiservice is in the eye of the beholder. There is no consistency in the way this term is used in our industry. There in lies the problem. Many of the folks that create market reports add to the confusion by further perpetuating bad and misleading information that only hurts our industry. All in all, MSPPs to me are products that don't do anything well. Since they are not optimized around one specific technology, they wind up trying to do everything with mediocrity. With the CLEC market almost extinct, it is highly questionable if MSPPs in the true sense (STM, ATM, FR, Ethernet...) will even exist. It slices, it dices, it purees ... I won't be surprised if they start to appear on Saturday morning infomercials...
raman 12/4/2012 | 7:51:40 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In If you consider the following as services:
Then- being able to provision any combo of these services from a single box (single shelf) is what gives a high degree of cost-savings. That is one definition of MSPP (TDM DS1 to OC-192 + FE/GE). I think that's where Cisco 454 wins over other boxes.

stuartb 12/4/2012 | 7:51:36 PM
re: Report: Multiservice Is In I question IDCs product segmentation. In my mind, a SONET MSPP must provide the functionality of both a DACS and an ADM as well as integrated statistical multiplexing for data traffic. Appian does not fit that definition, nor does Coriolis, Net Insight or White Rock.

They are further confusing an already confused space.

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