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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 08, 2017 – According to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, worldwide demand for Edge Routers and Carrier Ethernet Switches are forecast to drive modest growth for the overall Service Provider (SP) & Carrier Ethernet Switch market through 2021. The SP Core Router market is expected to decline slightly over the same time period.

“In the near term, operators will increase capacity of their IP router and switch networks to accommodate traffic from fixed broadband access networks,” said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “However, in 2019, we will see increased demand for mobile backhaul networks, as operators actively build out their 5G networks. Higher capacities and topology changes required for 5G networks will lead to an upgrade cycle of today’s mobile backhaul networks,” Tamboli explained.

Highlights from the Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch 5-Year Forecast Report:

  • The SP Core Router market continue to grow in 2017 as demand in China drives the market. Starting in 2018, we expect a shrinking market as projects in China are completed and IP traffic patterns continue to shift to more localized data sources.
  • 100 GE port shipments will experience double-digit growth every year through our forecast period. 400 GE port shipments are expected to begin in 2019.

The Dell’Oro Group Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch 5-Year Forecast Report provides a complete overview of the Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch markets. Tables portray the Service Provider Core, Edge, and Access/Aggregation portions of the IP/MPLS network separate from tables covering Enterprise Routers. The report includes qualitative analysis and detailed statistics on manufacturer revenue, average selling prices and unit and port shipments by speed. To purchase this report, please call Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


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