Metro Ethernet equipment sales are set to triple to $15bn (£8.1bn) between 2005 and 2009, according to analyst Infonetics Research.
There was strong growth in Ethernet over copper and cable products and carrier Ethernet switches and routers. Infonetics Research analyst Michael Howard said, "Ethernet has almost universal appeal to carriers and their customers because it helps lower their telecom costs.”
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He said, "Service providers increasingly deploy Ethernet solutions for a variety of uses, but mainly to offer new revenue-generating services.”
Howard said the two most popular types of Ethernet equipment are Ethernet over copper and cable and carrier-class Ethernet switches and routers, which together will make up over two-thirds of the overall metro Ethernet market by 2009.
Worldwide sales of carrier Ethernet switches and routers hit $2.1bn in 2005 and will more than double to $4.6bn in 2009, said Infonetics.