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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – March 19, 2018 – According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, the Service Provider Core Router market hit a record level for all of 2017. However, the market declined year-over-year in 4Q17 for the first time in almost three years, indicating a shift in market trajectory that is expected to continue in 2018.

“The sharp downturn in the fourth quarter can be traced to lower sales to Cloud providers in North America,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Product transitions, price reductions, and changes to network architectures all contributed to the North American market weakness. We believe that these factors are part of a long term trend in which cloud operators are permanently reshaping the market dynamics,” Umeda added.

Additional highlights from the 4Q17 Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report:

  • Core Router deployments in China remained strong throughout the 2017. However, growth is expected to decelerate in 2018.
  • Huawei, Cisco, and Juniper were the top three vendors in the Service Provider Core Router market for 2017, accounting for more than 90 percent of the market share.

The Dell’Oro Group Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the Service Provider Core, Edge, Access (predominantly Carrier Ethernet Switch), and Enterprise Router markets for current and historical time periods.  The report includes qualitative analysis and detailed statistics for vendor market shares, revenue, average selling prices, and unit and port shipments.  To purchase this report, please call Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


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