2022 U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD

Lumen retains #1 share rank for U.S. Wavelength Services

BOSTON, MA, June 15, 2023 – Vertical Systems Group announces that four companies achieved a position on the year-end 2022 U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD (in rank order based on billable circuit share): Lumen, Zayo, Verizon, and AT&T. To qualify for a rank on this LEADERBOARD, companies must have four percent (4%) or more of the U.S. market for retail and wholesale wavelength services. Wavelength circuits provide Layer 1 dedicated bidirectional gigabit-speed optical fiber connections between two sites.

A Challenge Tier has been added for the first time to this benchmark to include providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. Wavelength market. This share threshold aligns with the Challenge Tiers for Vertical Systems Group’s U.S and Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARDs. The following four companies attained a Challenge Tier citation on the 2022 U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD (in alphabetical order): Arelion (formerly Telia Carrier), Cox BusinessCrown Castle, and Windstream.

“Wavelength services are growing steadily, driven by the surge in gigabit bandwidth requirements from carriers, webscale network operators, and enterprises,” said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “In the past year the sweet spot jumped from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps for new customer purchases due to more competitive pricing for higher speed wavelengths.”

2022 U.S. Wavelength LEADERBOARD

U.S. Wavelength LEADERBOARD Research Highlights

  • Expansion of the U.S. base of wavelength circuits is being driven by double-digit growth for 100+ Gbps connections through 2027.
  • Billable installations of 400+ Gbps services are emerging as wavelength providers expand availability and rollout new solutions.
  • Customer demand for retail wavelength circuits continued to outpace wholesale deployments in 2022.
  • Three of the U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD companies – Lumen, Verizon and AT&T – are also ranked on both the 2022 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD and the Global Provider Ethernet Services LEADERBOARD.
  • All four of the U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD companies are ranked on the 2022 U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD.

Market Players include all other wavelength providers with U.S. circuit share below the one percent (1%) threshold. For year-end 2022, Market Players include the following wavelength providers (in alphabetical order): 11:11 Systems, Armstrong Business Solutions, Astound Business Solutions, Bluebird Networks, Breezeline Business, Brightspeed Business, Cogent, Colt, Consolidated Communications, C Spire, Comcast Business, DQE Communications, Epsilon, Everstream, Exa Infrastructure (formerly GTT), ExteNet Systems, Fatbeam, FiberLight, First Digital, FirstLight, Frontier, Great Plains Communications, Horizon, Lightpath, Logix Fiber Networks, LS Networks, Midco, Neos, Ritter Communications, Segra, Shentel Business, Silver Star Telecom, Sparklight Business, Spectrum Enterprise, Syringa, T-Mobile, TDS Telecom, Unite Private Networks, Uniti, U.S. Signal, 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 by provider that powers the U.S. Wavelength Services LEADERBOARD. ENS Wavelength services research quantifies this market through 2027, including U.S. revenue, circuits by speed (100 Gbps & Above and 10 Gbps & Below), outlook on 400+ Gbps services, wholesale vs. retail services, circuits by geographic scope, pricing by speed, verticals and use cases, attributes of Ethernet vs. Dark Fiber vs. Wavelength services – and more. Contact Us for more information and pricing.