Friday, August 10, 2012

Vertical Systems Group: Mid-2012 U.S. Business Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Vertical Systems Group's Mid-2012 results for the U.S. Business Ethernet Leaderboard are as follows (in rank order based on port share): AT&T, Verizon, tw telecom, CenturyLink, Cox, XO, Time Warner Cable, and Level 3.

The ranking is based on billable enterprise port installations.

Other providers selling Ethernet services in the U.S. are segmented into two tiers as measured by share of ports installed. The first or "Challenge" tier for Mid-2012 includes the following seven Ethernet Service Providers (in alphabetical order): Charter Business, Cogent, Comcast Business, Optimum Lightpath, Reliance Globalcom, Windstream (includes Paetec), and Zayo Group (includes AboveNet).

The second or "Market Player" tier covers all other providers offering U.S. Ethernet services. The Market Player tier includes the following companies (in alphabetical order): Alpheus Communications, American Telesis, Bright House Networks, Canby, Cincinnati Bell, Consolidated Communications (includes Surewest), Expedient, FiberLight, Frontier, Integra, IP Networks, Lightower, Litecast, LS Networks, Masergy, Megapath, Met-Net, NTT America, Orange Business, Sidera Networks, Spirit, Sprint, SuddenLink, US Signal, Virtela and others.

Market shares for the Mid-2012 U.S. Ethernet Leaderboard were calculated using Vertical's base of enterprise installations, plus direct input and other data from surveys of Ethernet Service Providers.

"New value-added service enhancements and improved network quality fueled the solid growth many Ethernet providers experienced in the first half of this year," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Additionally, our research clearly indicates rising demand for Ethernet access focused on connectivity to private Clouds for data center hosting. We expect to see increased deployments of these configurations, which could have an impact on Ethernet share results as early as year-end 2012."