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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 26, 2016 – In a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, both the worldwide Service Provider Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch markets achieved all-time highs in 2015. Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper capped the year with record sales in the Service Provider Router market during 4Q15.

“The Service Provider Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch market continued to grow in 2015 with strong contributions from Service Provider Core Routers and the Carrier Ethernet Switches,” said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “However, the Service Provider Edge Router market fell after a strong 2014. Core Router strength was sourced from operators building out their 100 GE backbones while Carrier Ethernet Switch demand came from mobile backhaul investment in China.  Virtually all major router vendors also greatly benefitted from AT&T’s entry into Mexico, which brought demand from AT&T and its competitors. Going into 2016, we expect that the introduction of technologies like, DOCSIS 3.1, and LTE will drive up IP traffic. These technologies will require more investment in IP router and carrier Ethernet switch infrastructures,” Tamboli added.

In rank order, Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, and Huawei Technologies were the market share leaders in the Service Provider Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch markets, accounting for almost 90 percent of revenue in 2015.


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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