Monday, November 21, 2011

Infonetics: Cisco Gains Share in IP Edge market

Cisco is gaining traction in the carrier routing and switching markets and taking market share from its competitors, according to Infonetics Research's third quarter 2011 (3Q11) Service Provider Routers and Switches report, which analyzes the IP edge router, IP core router, and carrier Ethernet switch (CES) market segments.

"Of the top five vendors, only Cisco increased its overall carrier router and switch revenue in the third quarter of 2011, up 3% from the previous quarter to $1.43 billion. Since Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Juniper and ZTE all saw double-digit percent declines in their carrier router and switch revenue in the same period, Cisco rises back up to over 40% market share for the first time this year," notes Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks at Infonetics Research.

Howard adds: "In the critical IP Edge segment (edge routers and carrier Ethernet switches), which now makes up 79% of the carrier router and switch market, Cisco expanded its lead to 36.2% on the strength of its recently refreshed carrier Ethernet switch portfolio and its ASR 9000. Cisco's share gain is at the expense of its top competitors, particularly Huawei. With Huawei posting the largest sequential drop in IP edge market share in 3Q11, from 17.2% to 12.3%, Cisco's IP edge share now nearly triples Huawei's."

Some highlights:

  • The global service provider router and switch market, which includes IP edge routers, IP core routers, and carrier Ethernet switches (CES), is down 7.1% sequentially to $3.5 billion, following a 14.3% increase the previous quarter

  • Year-over-year, the carrier router and switch market is up 4.5%

  • In 3Q11, the IP edge segment (IP edge routers and CES), is down 6.7% sequentially but up 4.3% from the year-ago third quarter

  • Top vendors posting gains in the IP edge segment in 3Q11 over 2Q11: Alaxala, Cisco, Ericsson, NEC, and Nokia Siemens

  • Regionally, North America led the downward trend in 3Q11 with the largest decline in carrier router and switch revenue (-15% from 2Q11), despite all the concerns about the Euro zone

  • The EMEA and Asia Pacific regions each posted 6% declines, while Central and Latin America (CALA) is the only region that posted an increase, led by Brazil.

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