Mid-2011 U.S. Business Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Competition heats up as demand for Ethernet services remains strong in the first half of the year.

Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2011 U.S. Business Ethernet Leaderboard expanded to include nine providers, according to new research on enterprise installations of Ethernet services. The nine providers (in rank order) are AT&T, Verizon, tw telecom, CenturyLink/Qwest, Cox, Time Warner Cable, XO, Cogent and Level 3. The U.S. Leaderboard ranks service providers that hold four percent (4%) or more of billable retail ports.

‚ÄúCompetition heated up in the U.S. market during the first half of 2011, with very strong enterprise demand that is tracking the 30+% port growth we quantified for 2010,‚ÄĚ said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group.¬†‚ÄúAlso as expected, service provider consolidation is having a measurable impact on the market. CenturyLink made its Leaderboard debut in fourth position as a result of its merger with Qwest. Among the pending Ethernet-related transactions we‚Äôre watching for the second half of the year are Level 3‚Äôs acquisition of Global Crossing, and Windstream‚Äôs acquisition of Paetec.‚ÄĚ

Key results of Vertical’s mid-year 2011 share analysis:

  • The top three U.S. Ethernet Leaderboard providers ‚Äď AT&T, Verizon, and tw telecom ‚Äď held their respective positions in the first half of 2011.

  • AT&T widened its lead over its closest competitior, Verizon.

  • CenturyLink entered the Leaderboard in fourth position due to its merger with Qwest, which moves Cox to fifth position.

  • The port share differential between the fourth and the ninth positions on the Mid-2011 U.S. Leaderboard is only 3.1%.

Other providers delivering business Ethernet services in the U.S. market include the following (in alphabetical order): AboveNet, Charter Business, Comcast Business, Covad, Expedient, FiberLight, Frontier, Global Crossing, Lightower, Masergy, NTT, Optimum Lightpath, Orange, Paetec, Reliance Globalcom, Savvis, Sidera Networks, Sprint, SuddenLink, Windstream, Zayo Group and others.

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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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