Frame relay sales surged in the UK last year, grabbing more than half of the digital Wan hardware market.
According to Dataquest, the digital Wan market in western Europe last year grew by 31 per cent overall, with a further 23 per cent growth expected for 1997. Frame relay was the outstanding performer, particularly in the UK, where 56 per cent of hardware revenues came from frame relay-related equipment.
Ian Keene, senior analyst at Dataquest, said the report showed cell-based switching, both frame relay and ATM, was becoming established amongst the telecomms carriers and was now extending its growth into enterprise Wans.
?Frame relay is the strongest technology in the UK at the moment, but ATM will start to grow rapidly soon. There will be a lot of solutions based on ATM equipment, but not necessarily standards-based ATM. The ATM Forum has a fair amount to do on standards yet,? said Keene.
According to Keene, frame relay is also making its mark at the low end, replacing X.25, principally because it is low cost and often requires only a software upgrade. Frame relay access at 64Kbps and below accounted for 80 per cent of the European market in 1996.
Of the major vendors, Nortel experienced significant revenue growth, its $253 million revenue nudging it up to 18.8 per cent of the market behind established leader Newbridge Networks with $259.5 million revenue and a 19.2 per cent market share.
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