at&t logoAT&T is the top Ethernet provider worldwide, according to Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2018 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard. It’s the first U.S. company to hold the top global position.

The carrier is followed by Colt (U.K), CenturyLink (U.S.), Orange Business (France), BT Global Services (U.K.), Verizon (U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Leaderboard is comprised of carriers who hold at least a 4% share of billable retail ports outsider their home countries. Port counts include switched Ethernet, Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) services and Ethernet access to Cloud/Internet, MPLS and other VPNs.

“Global service providers are responding to the challenges of providing their multinational customers with higher speed Ethernet connectivity to MPLS, SD-WAN and cloud services in dozens of key markets throughout the world,” said VSG Principal Rick Malone in a press release. “The top-ranked global providers continue to be separated by only a few share points in this highly competitive market segment.”

The Challenge Tier features providers with between 2% and 4% of billable retail ports outsider their home countries. In alphabetical order, they are Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Exchange, Singtel(Singapore), T-Systems(Germany), Tata Communications(India),Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.).

Source: VSG

Highlights from the mid-year report:

  • AT&T is the first U.S. company to attain the top Ethernet provider position in the Global Provider Leaderboard. AT&T increased its rank to first position from second at the end of 2017.
  • Orange Business drops from first to fourth position as a result of slowing growth in its global Ethernet business. The perennial leader in this market segment, Orange had previously attained first position on every year-end Global Provider Leaderboard since 2009.
  • Colt moves into second position, up from third at the end of 2017, with the integration of its Asian operations (via its KVH acquisition) and pan-European network.
  • CenturyLink advances to third from fourth position due to Orange’s fall, and boosted by Level 3’s assets outside the U.S.

The Market Player tier includes providers with less than 2% port shares. Carriers include Bell (Canada), Bezeq International (Israel), CAT Telecom (Thailand), China Telecom (China), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Eir (Ireland), Embratel (Brazil), Epsilon (Singapore), euNetworks (U.K.), Exponential-e (U.K.), Globe (Philippines), GlobeNet (Brazil), GTT (U.S.), HGC Global (Hong Kong), Indosat Ooredoo (Indonesia), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), KPN International (Netherlands), Liberty Global (Netherlands), Masergy (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), PLDT Global (Philippines), Rogers (Canada), Spark (New Zealand), Sparkle (Italy), Sprint (U.S.), StarHub (Singapore), Telekom Malaysia Global (Malaysia), Telia (Sweden), Telin (Singapore), Telkom South Africa (South Africa), TelMex (Mexico), Telstra (Australia), Zayo (U.S.), and others.

Last month, VSG said that its mid-year U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard included seven companies: CenturyLink, AT&T, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise, Comcast, Windstream and Cox. These firms had 4% or more of the U.S. Ethernet services market.

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