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Frost & Sullivan, April 2010, Pages: 66
The key driver of the market is the fact that the carrier ethernet technology has advanced and bandwidth usage continues to increase. Mobile phones are estimated to have become an integral part of peoples' communication options. In fact, in developing nations, mobile phones are being increasingly used for carrying out businesses especially in the rural areas, personal banking, and in other ways to improve the quality of life. The objective of this research is to report on the IP/MPLS and Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router market on a quarterly basis. The research thus includes some historical data as well, so as to provide insight into quantitative trends in this market
- A Fiercely Competitive Market Characterized by Strong Incumbent Relationships: This is one of the key and ever present challenges faced by the vendors. Each vendor is responding to service provider requirements via a strong solution offering and technology and commercial partnerships that will enable the vendors to penetrate key accounts and geographic regions.
- Convergence of Optical and Packet Networks: This is an emerging trend and one of the key challenges, from vendor perspective, is related to the tedious task of enwrapping the different layer products under one management system.
- Lack of Insight into CAPEX trend: This is an emerging trend and one of the key challenges, from vendor perspective, is related to the tedious task of enwrapping the different layer products under one management system.
- Establishing Presence in the fastest growing market, Asia: This is an emerging trend and one of the key challenges, from vendor perspective, is related to the tedious task of enwrapping the different layer products under one management system.
- Continued Increase in Bandwidth Usage by Enterprises and Fixed-line and Wireless: Consumers: Frost & Sullivan estimates that wireless and wireline traffic has actually benefited from the recession, with consumers turning to the Internet as an alternative entertainment option. The second generation of web-based services, increase in the traffic generated at the consumer end due to peer-to-peer applications, such as sharing of media files and online gaming, have clearly changed the traffic pattern and significantly increased the amount of traffic being sent across the Internet . Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and its different flavors (broadcast, unicast) are expected to very strongly drive consumer traffic. In addition, business applications such as web conferencing, Carrier Ethernet applications such as E-Line, E-LAN, Virtual Private LAN Service, inter- Internet Data Center traffic and the traffic between Internet Data Centers and the enterprises is increasing enterprise traffic.
- A Rapidly Emerging Application in Mobile Backhaul: The number of mobile subscribers continues to grow rapidly globally. Mobile video services are being increasingly adopted by mobile subscribers. Subscribers in some countries in regions such as EMEA and APAC are already using 3G video services, but significant adoption that will really drive the traffic and bandwidth requirements is not expected to take place until about the time-frame of 2011 and 2012. With increasingly innovative applications being deployed to increase the data revenue from mobile users, as mobile networks migrate from 2G/2.5G to 3G to 3G HSxPA, the radio access network (RAN) aggregation needs to scale cost-effectively. IP/Ethernet is expected to become the main technology for RAN transport over the next two or three years.
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