Worldwide sales of carrier Ethernet switch/routers rocketed by over 50 per cent quarter-over-quarter between July and September 2005, on the heels of 40 per cent growth in the previous quarter, research published today has revealed.
The latest Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router Quarterly Market Tracker service published by Heavy Reading recorded stepped-up network build activity related to Ethernet enterprise and residential triple-play services in EMEA, North America and Asia.
The study estimated that the global carrier Ethernet switch/router market will grow from $190m in 2004 to $1.9bn in 2008, representing a healthy compound annual growth rate of 78 per cent over this period.
Cisco continued to report solid quarterly growth and maintained its strong lead in the market, but lost some ground to Alcatel which doubled its share to 26 per cent in the third quarter after tripling its share during the previous quarter.
"Alcatel posted simply jaw-dropping growth in the third quarter," said Heavy Reading senior analyst Stan Hubbard, author of the report.
"I think many people expected the vendor to emerge as the most serious challenger to Cisco, but Alcatel's ability to triple sales between the second and third quarters caught a lot of observers by surprise and really points to the strength of its comprehensive solution and aggressive sales and marketing efforts."
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