ethernetGrowth of Carrier Ethernet services will continue in coming years, with the number of ports expanding to surpass 3 million by 2018. That includes retail Ethernet services that offer speeds ranging from under 10 Mbps to over 10 Gbps, according to new market research from Vertical Systems Group.

The U.S. will account for over 1 million of the more than 3 million Carrier Ethernet ports Vertical forecasts will exist by 2018.

Carrier Ethernet Growth
Other highlights from Vertical’s latest Worldwide Carrier Ethernet Outlook include:

  • Ethernet providers selling retail services will continue to deliver the majority of new customer ports completely on-net, while relying on multiple wholesale partners to reach off-net customer locations;
  • The projected five year cumulative revenue opportunity for retail Carrier Ethernet service providers exceeds $200 billion worldwide;
  • Carrier Ethernet is growing at double digit rates in every region of the world. Asia/Pacific is the largest market based on revenue, followed by the U.S., Europe, and the Rest of World (RoW) region;
  • Globally, the volume of Ethernet bandwidth has already surpassed legacy data services bandwidth. By 2018, Ethernet will contribute greater than 75% of worldwide business data bandwidth.
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