2021 U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD

Lumen, Zayo, Verizon, AT&T, Arelion, Windstream, Crown Castle and Cox are top providers on the first U.S. benchmark for retail and wholesale Wavelength services

BOSTON, MA, February 24, 2022 – Vertical Systems Group announces that eight companies achieved a position on the year-end 2021 U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD (in rank order based on circuit share)Lumen, Zayo, Verizon, AT&T, Arelion (formerly Telia Carrier), Windstream, Crown Castle and Cox. This new benchmark measures U.S. market presence for wavelength providers selling retail and wholesale services. LEADERBOARD companies each have a one percent (1%) or higher share of U.S. wavelength circuits. A wavelength circuit provides a Layer 1 dedicated bidirectional gigabit-speed optical fiber connection between two sites.

“U.S. demand for wavelength services is rising to support mission-critical applications that require assured performance, deterministic latency and gigabit speed connectivity,” said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “Our forecasts show double digit growth this year, driven by high demand for 100 Gbps wavelength circuits.”

U.S. Wavelength LEADERBOARD 2021

U.S. Wavelength LEADERBOARD Research Highlights

  • Customer demand for retail wavelength circuits exceeded wholesale deployments in 2021.
  • Revenue for U.S. Wavelength Services is projected to grow at a 13% CAGR between 2021 and 2026. This projection incorporates the effects of the COVID pandemic, including installation disruptions and chip shortages.
  • Six providers on the U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD also hold a rank position on the latest U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD – Lumen, Zayo, Verizon, AT&T, Crown Castle and Cox. Additionally, Windstream achieved a Challenge Tier citation.
  • Five U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD providers are also top ranked on the Mid-2021 U.S. Ethernet LEADERBOARD – Lumen, Verizon, AT&T, Windstream and Cox. Zayo has a Challenge Tier citation.

Market Players include all other wavelength providers with U.S. circuit share below the one percent (1%) threshold. For year-end 2021, Market Players include the following wavelength providers (in alphabetical order): Altice USA, Armstrong Business Solutions, Astound Business Solutions, Colt, Consolidated Communications, C Spire, Comcast, DQE Communications, Epsilon, Everstream, Exa Infrastructure (formerly GTT), ExteNet Systems, Fatbeam, FiberLight, FirstLight, Frontier, Great Plains Communications, Logix Fiber Networks, LS Networks, Midco, Ritter Communications, Segra, Shentel Business, Silver Star Telecom, Sparklight Business, Spectrum Enterprise, Syringa, T-Mobile, TDS Telecom, Unite Private Networks, Uniti, US Signal, Veracity, WOW!Business, Ziply Fiber and others.

Detailed results of Vertical Systems Group’s @Wavelength research are available now exclusively by subscription to an ENS Research Program. Research data includes the market share detail that powers the first U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD. ENS Wavelength services research quantifies U.S. market revenue and circuits by speed, wholesale vs. retail services, circuits by geographic scope, pricing by speed, purchase drivers, top verticals and use cases, attributes of Ethernet vs. Dark Fiber vs. Wavelength services – and more. Contact Us for more information and pricing.