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Infonetics: Operators Spending $5.6 Billion over 5 Years on Ethernet Access Devices; ADVA Takes Top Spot

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Ethernet Access Devices market size, market share, and forecast report, which tracks revenue, units, and ports for copper and fiber Ethernet access devices (EADs).


“With so many operators moving to fiber as they upgrade building sites and mobile backhaul from TDM to Ethernet, fiber-based EADs will remain a much bigger market than copper EADs,” anticipates Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research. “That said, it is clear that a growing number of mobile backhaul operators and transport providers are turning to EFM (Ethernet for First Mile) bonded copper technology, taking advantage of its extended reach and capacity in many applications and locations where fiber is too expensive for the return on investment. In fact, EFM bonded copper EAD sales were up while fiber and Ethernet over TDM EAD sales were down in the first half of 2012.”

“TDM-based EADs aside, the EAD market is growing nicely on an annual basis, strongly influenced by healthy Ethernet service uptake. We expect operators to spend close to $5.6 billion cumulative on EADs over the five years from 2012 to 2016.”


  • Globally, the Ethernet access device market fell 4% in the first half of 2012 (1H12) from the second half of 2011 (2H11), despite growth in the EFM bonded copper EAD segment
  • Infonetics forecasts the EAD market to top $1.3 billion by 2016
  • While North America, where EADs first took off, remains the largest market with 54% revenue share in 1H12, Latin America is the fastest-growing region for EADs
  • ADVA took the lead in global Ethernet access device revenue share in 1H12, followed by Ciena, Overture, and Actelis
  • Actelis continues to lead the fast-growing EFM bonded copper EAD segment


Infonetics’ biannual Ethernet access devices report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts, analysis, and trends for copper EADs (EFM bonded copper, Ethernet over TDM bonded circuits), fiber EADs, copper EAD ports (100M), and fiber EAD ports (100M, 1G, 10G, 100G). Companies tracked include Accedian, Actelis, Adtran, ADVA, Axerra, Canoga Perkins, Ciena, FibroLAN, IPITEK, MRV, Omnitron OMS, Overture, RAD, Tellabs, Telco Systems, Zhone, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics Sales: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.



Download Infonetics' market research brochure, events brochure, publication calendar, report highlights, tables of contents, prospectuses and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, [email protected], +1 408-583-3335
N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, [email protected], +1 408-583-3395
Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, [email protected], +44 755-488-1623
Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp


Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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