2009 U.S. Business Ethernet LEADERBOARD

U.S. market share results show heightened competition in response to expanding enterprise demand for higher speed Business Ethernet services.

The U.S. competitive environment for Business Ethernet services is heating up in response to expanding market demand, according to Vertical Systems Group’s latest research on enterprise network installations.  Nine providers attained a position on Vertical’s 2009 U.S. Business Ethernet Leaderboard as follows (ranked in order): AT&T, Verizon, tw Telecom, Cox, Qwest, XO, Time Warner Cable, Cogent and Level 3.  Service providers cited on the Leaderboard each hold four percent or more of the U.S. market based on retail port installations as of year end 2009.

‚ÄúBusiness Ethernet is not a mass market offering in the U.S. yet.¬† However, in 2009 we watched Ethernet emerge as the most significant strategic product in service providers‚Äô data portfolios. With upward demand from enterprise customers for higher access speeds, service providers are being challenged to increase network capacity and decrease installation cycle times,‚ÄĚ said Rick Malone, Principal at Vertical Systems Group. ‚ÄúAT&T heads our Leaderboard for the second year in a row by increasing its Business Ethernet base more rapidly than the overall market.‚ÄĚ

Key results of Vertical’s latest share analysis:

  • More than 70 companies delivered Business Ethernet services in the U.S. during 2009, including Incumbent Carriers, Competitive Providers and Cable MSOs.

  • Only three of the 2009 Leaderboard providers increased their port share as compared to the prior year.

  • During the second half of 2009, Competitive Providers and Cable MSOs gained share from Incumbent Carriers.

Other providers delivering Business Ethernet services in the U.S. market include AboveNet, Alpheus, Bright House Networks, CenturyLink, Charter Business, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast Business, Expedient, Global Crossing, Masergy, Optimum Lightpath, Orange, RCN, Reliance Globalcom and others.

Detailed share results plus in-depth Business Ethernet market statistics are available now through Vertical Systems Group’s ENS(Emerging Networks Service) Research Programs.

Vertical Systems Group’s LEADERBOARDs are the industry’s foremost benchmarks for measuring Ethernet Service Provider market presence based on billable retail port installations. Share results are calculated at year-end and mid-year for the U.S. and Global Provider markets. Year-end results additionally include U.S. provider share analysis for three separate segments: Incumbent Carrier, Competitive Provider, and Cable MSO. For releases and more information on methodology, see LEADERBOARDs.

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