Infonetics Predicts Resurgence in 2013 for Carrier Router and Switch Market

  Infonetics Predicts Resurgence in 2013 for Carrier Router and Switch Market

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- February 21, 2013

Market research firm Infonetics Research today released vendor market share
and preliminary analysis from its 4th quarter 2012 (4Q12) and year-end Service
Provider Routers and Switches  report. (Full report published February 25.)


“The global carrier router and switch market ended 2012 with a small 4% loss,
but it could have been worse,” notes Michael Howard, Infonetics Research’s
co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks. “Significant budget
flushes from operators in Europe, China and Latin America buoyed the overall
market in the final quarter of the year.”

“Looking ahead,” Howard adds, “We expect the service provider switch and
router market to grow again in 2013. The US economy is in better shape and we
are predicting an increase in worldwide carrier capex this year. In EMEA,
activity looks good for the Middle East and, to some degree, Africa, and
Europe seems to have hit bottom. If our talks with European service providers
prove true, then we can expect a slow climb for the IP router and switch
market there, albeit from this lower starting point. Operators know they need
to spend on their networks or risk becoming uncompetitive.”


  *For all major world regions except North America, the 4^th quarter of 2012
    was strong, with global IP edge and core router and carrier Ethernet
    switch revenue rising to $3.8 billion, up 12% from the previous quarter
  *While North America was down a bit sequentially in 4Q12, the region is up
    13% from the year-ago 4^th quarter, the highest year-over-year gain of any
  *In 2012, sales of core routers slowed more than edge routers, as the
    coming move to 100G is making carriers increasingly cautious as they
    choose the next generation of higher-capacity core routers
  *The top 4 manufacturers in the router and carrier Ethernet switch segment
    stayed in dominant positions in 2012, with #1 Cisco and #2 Huawei holding
    steady, while Alcatel-Lucent moved into the #3 spot, bumping Juniper to #4
  *In the race for router-only market share, Cisco maintained the top
    position in 2012, but Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent boosted their revenue
    market share following big gains in 4Q12


Infonetics’ quarterly routers and switches report provides worldwide,
regional, China, and Japan market share, market size, forecasts, analysis, and
trends for IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches, including
IP edge market analysis by application. Vendors tracked: Alaxala,
Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Extreme, Fujitsu, Hitachi
Cable, Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Tellabs, ZTE, and 
others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:


  *Latest Infonetics Carrier Routing, Switching & Ethernet research brief:
  *Small cell operators face myriad operational and financial challenges
  *Outdoor small cell backhaul a 5-year $5 billion opportunity
  *IP router/switch market dips 5% in Q3; Juniper reclaims #2 spot in routers
  *Operators spending $5.6B over 5 years on Ethernet access devices; ADVA
    takes top spot
  *Telecom outsourcing, managed services a $76 billion opportunity by 2016


Download Infonetics’ market research brochure, publication calendar, events
brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at

  *Carrier Ethernet Equipment Market Size & Forecasts
  *Core and Edge Router/CES Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Ethernet Access Devices (EADs) Market Share & Forecasts
  *Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment & Services Market Share & Forecasts
  *SAN & High Performance Interconnect Equipment Market Share & Forecasts


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  *100G Optics: Why Operators Are Upgrading Now, with Cisco, Cyan, Oclaro
    (Mar. 5)
  *Routers and OTN Faceoff (Sponsorships available)
  *Routing vs. Ethernet for LTE Backhaul (Sponsorships available)
  *Service Provider SDNs: Here to Stay (Sponsorships available)


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard,, +1

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne,, +1

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic,, +44

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan:


Infonetics Research ( is an international market research
and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader
in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.
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Infonetics Research
Michael Howard, +1-408-583-3351
Co-founder and Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks
Twitter: @MichaelVHoward
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