The migration from digital subscriber line (DSL)-based services to direct Ethernet services, as well as scalability requirements, the increased network and bandwidth speed, and triple- and quad-play deployments, propel the adoption of gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE test equipment. The progression of 10 GbE technology, in particular, makes an incredible impact on the total world GbE and 10GbE test equipment market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (test&measurement.frost.com), World Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Test Equipment Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $436.3 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $1.9 billion in 2014 due to further advances in 10GbE technology.
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"Carrier Ethernets provide a multitude of advantages for end-users who run networks and wish to connect to either the Internet or another site," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Juan Rosales. "This demand facilitates the need for effective test equipment, and is likely to be a strong driving force behind the future success of the GbE and 10GbE test equipment markets."
The Ethernet market has undergone a massive transition from existing fast Ethernet networks to Gigabit Ethernet networks, triggered by the convergence of voice, video and data into digital bit streams that require significant amounts of bandwidth. GbE builds on top of the Ethernet protocol, but increases speed tenfold over fast Ethernet to 1,000 Mbps or 1 gigabit per second. This protocol promises to be a dominant player in high-speed communication networks.
Although the features provided by GbE and 10GbE remain similar, end-users can explore greater possibilities with 10GbE because of its significantly faster speed rate. This rate places different requirements on vendors, since 10GbE allows end-users to perform forward error correction (FEC) and account for the transmission and transport aspect of the protocol.
However, the nature of Ethernet technology, whose engineers maintain the need to implement a variety of sophisticated functionalities, increasingly pressures GbE and 10GbE test equipment vendors.
"The increasing demands for lower prices from end-users are often accompanied by their expectations for more sophisticated features," states Juan Rosales. "While both GbE and 10GbE prices have been gradually declining, particularly with service providers and carriers' (SP&C's) need for one-stop-shop solutions, it is imperative for vendors to work hard to meet the demands of their end users."
Despite the fierce price competition among vendors and technologies becoming more established, which have led to the cost decline in such equipment, industry participants must stay abreast of their competitors' price offerings in order to satisfy customers.
As various technologies continue to evolve in the communications industry, test equipment vendors must further develop systems that enable effective testing. With Ethernet prices decreasing over time, it is essential for end users to have access to low-cost test equipment.
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