2011 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Emerging demand for secure global access connectivity to Cloud services drives Ethernet expansion beyond regional market boundaries.

Vertical Systems Group announces that seven companies achieved a position on the 2011 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard according to year-end research on enterprises with multinational networks. The Leaderboard includes the following providers (in rank order based on port share): Orange Business (France), Verizon (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), NTT (Japan), Level 3 / Global Crossing (U.S.) and BT Global Services (U.K.). The Global Provider Leaderboard ranks companies with four percent (4%) or more of retail business Ethernet ports installed at sites outside of the provider’s primary home country.

Additionally, three providers attained a position in the next or ‚Äúchallenge-tier‚ÄĚ of the Global Provider Ethernet market (in alphabetical order based on port share): Reliance Globalcom (India), Tata Communications (India) and T-Systems (Germany).

Other providers delivering Ethernet services outside of their home countries include (in alphabetical order): AboveNet, Airtel, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, CAT Telecom, CenturyLink, China Telecom, Cogent Communications, Easynet Global Services, euNetworks, Exponential-e, GlobeNet, GTS, GTT, Interoute, KDDI, Korea Telecom, KPN International, Masergy, PCCW Global, SingTel, StarHub, Swisscom, Telecom Italia International, Telefonica Worldwide, Telenor, Telkom Indonesia, Telkom South Africa, Telus International, TM and others.

‚ÄúGlobal Ethernet providers continued to expand their fiber footprints throughout 2011. A strategic driver for expansion beyond their regional market boundaries is the emerging demand for secure global access connectivity to Cloud services,‚ÄĚ said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group.¬†‚ÄúWe also saw Europe‚Äôs economic woes depress growth for the region‚Äôs leading service providers, particularly during the second half of last year. As a result, Ethernet providers with a broad distribution of port installations throughout the world captured share from others that rely heavily on the pan-European market.‚ÄĚ

Key results of Vertical’s latest Global Provider share analysis:

  • The 2011 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard expands to a total of seven companies with the entry of BT Global.

  • AT&T moves up the Leaderboard to fourth position from fifth.

  • Level 3 achieves a Leaderboard position due to its acquisition of Global Crossing in October 2011.

  • Colt retains its third position rank, but loses share due to its reliance on financially-troubled European markets.

  • Provider home countries represented on the Leaderboard are the U.S. (3 companies), U.K. (2), France (1) and Japan (1). The challenge-tier adds India (2) and Germany (1).

Global Provider market shares are calculated using the base of enterprise installations of Ethernet services, plus input from Vertical’s surveys of Ethernet providers worldwide. 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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