Mid-Year 2020 Global Provider Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Coronavirus interrupts global Ethernet rollouts; Market contracts in first half of year 

BOSTON, MA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 – Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2020 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD results are as follows (in rank order based on retail port share): AT&T (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), CenturyLink (U.S.), Orange Business Services (France), BT Global Services (U.K.), Verizon (U.S.) and NTT (Japan). This industry benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence ranks companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

Eight companies qualify for the mid-year 2020 Global Provider Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Xchange (India), GTT (U.S.), Singtel (Singapore), T-Systems (Germany), Tata Communications (India), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.). The Challenge Tier includes companies with share between 2% and 4% of this defined market.

“Global network expansion came to a standstill in the first half of the year as remote offices and plants shut down in many countries due to the coronavirus,” said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “Ethernet providers instead focused on ramping up bandwidth for their multinational customers as they turned to cloud and Internet services for mission critical applications.”

Mid-2020 Global Provider Ethernet Research Highlights

  • AT&T continues to rank first on the Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD, a position the company has held continuously since mid-2018.
  • The top five Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD companies are separated by two share points.
  • Due to the global pandemic, the Global Ethernet Provider market base for mid-2020 port share calculations contracted as compared to year-end 2019.
  • The coronavirus interrupted Ethernet business in all regions of the world. The country markets particularly hardest hit include Italy, Spain, U.K. and Brazil.
  • CenturyLink and Orange Business Services are the only companies on the Mid-2020 Global Provider LEADERBOARD that have attained MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet (MEF 3.0 CE) certification, which is a market differentiator for Ethernet providers worldwide. Tata Communications, which is cited in the Challenge Tier, is also MEF 3.0 CE certified.
  • CenturyLink currently employs the highest number of MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEFProCert) across all Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD companies.

The Market Player tier includes all Global Providers with port share below 2%. Companies in the mid-year 2020 Market Player tier are as follows (in alphabetical order): Bell (Canada), CAT Telecom (Thailand), China Telecom (China), Claro Enterprise Solutions (Mexico), CMC Networks (South Africa), Embratel (Brazil), Epsilon (Singapore), euNetworks (U.K.), Exponential-e (U.K.), Globe (Philippines), GlobeNet (Brazil), HGC Global (Hong Kong), Indosat Ooredoo (Indonesia), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), Marcatel (Mexico), Masergy (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), PLDT Global (Philippines), Sparkle (Italy), Sprint (now part of T-Mobile) (U.S.), StarHub (Singapore), TM One (Malaysia), Telia (Sweden), Telin (Singapore), Telstra (Australia), Virgin Media (U.K.), Zayo (U.S.) and other providers selling Ethernet services outside their home country.

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