At the same time, service providers’ need to address these demands while controlling capital/operational expenditures (CAPEX/OPEX) and increasing the average revenue per user (ARPU).
Consequently, equipment vendors more than ever before have the opportunity to be firmly embedded in service provider networks by developing strategic relationships that help service providers evolve their networks to deliver next-generation services.
In the world carrier switch and router markets, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper Networks are the market leaders, making up approximately 75% of the total market. Regionally, North America accounted for 38.4 percent of the world carrier switch and router market, followed by EMEA (32.9 percent), and APAC (23.4 percent). The Service Provider Core Routers and Carrier Ethernet segments drove a sizeable proportion of the growth.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (CarrierInfrastructure.frost.com), World Carrier Switch and Router Markets, estimates that equipment revenues totaled $ 9.73 billion in 2006, and are likely to reach $ 40 billion in 2013.
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“The competition to deliver higher bandwidth services to businesses, consumers and wholesale markets is forcing service providers to revamp their networks in ways that are more cost effective,” notes Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Sam Masud. “This, in turn, is driving rapid growth in the carrier switch and router markets.“
The CAPEX/OPEX challenges have almost always been present for service providers, but now there is a concerted effort to address these twin issues. Moreover, a third dimension has been added to this in the form of declining revenues from legacy voice services, lending greater urgency to service providers and vendors to seek out new opportunities.
“There is now wider vendor participation in defining standards for emerging technologies that will enable convergence and allow for the migration of legacy networks, deliver high-bandwidth services, and lower operational costs,” observes Frost & Sullivan Lead Analyst Prayerna Raina “The Metro Ethernet Forum‘s work in defining Carrier Ethernet services, IETF’s efforts in technologies such as Pseudowire Emulation Edge to Edge (PWE3), and IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile standard for extending Carrier Ethernet across copper pairs, are all significant initiatives that are driving the market.”
Vendor success is closely entwined with service provider success. Service providers are now carefully evaluating the business case for migration to next-gen networks to support new services and applications, and they want to future-proof the network to protect their investment. As a result, they are being even more rigorous in their equipment purchases.
Although service providers have an expanding list of feature/function requirements, some key standards have yet to be completely defined, or are just coming out of the lab and are in the initial stages of real-world deployment. All these factors result in uncertainty in the choice of technologies, in turn prolonging the vendor selection process.
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