Metro Ethernet Grows
According to the report, "Metro Ethernet Equipment Worldwide Market Size and Forecasts," metro Ethernet equipment sales will accumulate $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, reaching about $685 million in 2009, as BT, BellSouth, COLT, Verizon, AT&T and other large providers increasingly use them to roll out Ethernet and mobile backhaul services."
Infonetics Research Inc.