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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 2, 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, the worldwide Service Provider (SP) Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch market is forecast to almost hit $14.1 B by 2021. Edge router demand is expected to rebound during the forecast period, driving the overall market growth.

“The SP Edge market is expected to get a boost from several demand drivers,” said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “First, advances in broadband access speeds will require more 10 GE ports to be used on Edge routers to connect to them into the SP network; second, mobile backhaul spending is expected to make a modest jump when 5G deployments begin in 2019; and third, installation of 100 GE ports on Edge routers will continue to increase as average port prices decline with lower component costs and higher system densities, making 100 GE ports more appealing for use in the edge layer,” Tamboli explained.

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

  • The SP Core Router market will hit a slump over the next couple of years after double-digit growth in 2016.
  • 100 GE port shipments into core and edge routers are expected to triple from 2016 to 2021.

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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