Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Infonetics: Ethernet Surge Continues, 40G and 100G Prices Decline


The number of 1G, 10G, 40G, and 100G network ports shipped on service provider and enterprise equipment in 2012 grew 22% over the previous year, to top 360 million, according to a new report from Infonetics.

“Overall, shipments of all port speeds have been on a steady upward path as a result of growing network traffic and the need to constantly upgrade networks, but the revenue growth opportunity is in higher-speed ports (10G, 40G, 100G – excluding 1G), shipments for which shot up 62% in 2012,” notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.


Some highlights:

  • 10G currently accounts for about 3/4 of all high-speed (10G+) ports shipped
  • 1G ports still make up a significant portion of overall shipments and will continue growing as 1G becomes the standard in service provider and enterprise access networks
  • Asia Pacific leads all geographic regions in port shipments, aided by increasing adoption in previously lagging emerging economies and ubiquitous Ethernet services.

 “Revenue per port is plunging — up to 30%+ per year for new categories like 40G and 100G — and this will help drive adoption of higher speed ports. In the optical segment, I expect 100G to account for more than 10% of optical transport spending in 2013," added Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics and co-author of the report.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/2H12-Networking-Ports-Market-Highlights.asp

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