Dell'Oro: Cisco, Juniper duke it out at top of 100 Gigabit Ethernet router market
Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) are fighting for first place in the 100 Gigabit Ethernet router market, with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Huawei Technologies and Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) rounding out the top five vendors in terms of third quarter revenue, according to the latest report from research firm Dell'Oro Group.
The 100 Gigabit Ethernet technologies enable telecom operators to add network capacity in larger increments at lower costs. The telecom market is expected to see steady adoption of 100 Gigabit Ethernet technologies over the next five years, the report predicted.
Enterprises continue to benefit from faster data speeds at cheaper rates as telecom providers expand deployment of 100 Gigabit Ethernet technologies in their backbone networks. Shipments of 100 Gigabit Ethernet routers nearly tripled over the first three quarters of 2012, according to the latest stats from Dell'Oro Group.
Router sales are predicted to reach half a billion dollars this year. "We expect demand to almost double again next year, making for a very significant opportunity for router manufacturers," commented Shin Umeda, vice president at Dell'Oro Group.
Juniper Networks recently signed an agreement with Japan's NTT Communications to deploy its T1600 core router for NTT's next-generation video transmission system.
According to Juniper, the T1600 core router provides 1.6 terabits per second throughput and the ability to forward up to 1.92 billion packets per second. It supports 10 and 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet deployments.