What are LEADERBOARDs?

Vertical Systems Group’s LEADERBOARDs are the industry’s foremost benchmarks for measuring market leadership for Carrier Ethernet Services, Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services, Wavelength Services and Business Fiber Lit Buildings. Public LEADERBOARD releases show the rank order of top Service Providers based on market share results, plus Challenge Tier citations and recognition for Market Player companies in alphabetical order

All LEADERBOARD results are based solely on Service Provider market shares. Vertical does not charge a fee to license or distribute LEADERBOARD results. 

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What is the Research Methodology?

Research data sources for the LEADERBOARDs include Vertical Systems Group’s biannual surveys covering 200+ Service Providers throughout the world – plus ongoing independent demand-side research focused on enterprise network migration to emerging service offerings. Vertical’s time-tested proprietary models correlate this information to derive market shares and forecast network services trends.

All responses to Vertical Systems Group surveys remain strictly confidential.

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Mid-Year 2023 U.S. Carrier Managed LEADERBOARD

U.S. Carrier Managed SD-WAN LEADERBOARDs 

  • Market share rankings for the top U.S. providers of Managed SD-WAN services.
  • LEADERBOARD ranks providers with 2% or more of installed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with between 1% and 2% of U.S. customer sites installed.
  • Market Player tier includes other providers selling Carrier Managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. with less than 1% share.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated U.S. Carrier Managed market share tracking and publicly released LEADERBOARD rankings and Challenge Tier citations in 2018.

Global Provider Carrier Managed SD-WAN LEADERBOARDs

  • Market share rankings for the top Global SD-WAN providers based on retail customer sites outside of the provider’s primary home country.
  • Reported annually
  • LEADERBOARD ranks providers with 4% or higher share of billable ports out of home country. Threshold changed from 5% in 2022.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with between 1% and 4% port share.
  • Market Player tier includes other providers with less than 1% share selling retail SD-WAN services in multiple country markets.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated Global Provider SD-WAN market share tracking and publicly released LEADERBOARD rankings and Challenge Tier citations at mid-year 2021.
Mid-23 SD-WAN Technology LEADERBOARD

SD-WAN Technology LEADERBOARD

  • Market share rankings for the top technology suppliers of SD-WAN equipment based on share of total retail Carrier Managed SD-WAN sites in the U.S. powered by their SD-WAN equipment.
  • Reported annually.
  • LEADERBOARD ranks technology suppliers with 5% or higher share of total Carrier Managed SD-WAN sites in the U.S. powered by their SD-WAN equipment.
  • Market Player tier includes other technology suppliers with less than 5% share of U.S. SD-WAN sites installed and billable.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated U.S. SD-WAN Technology market share tracking and publicly released LEADERBOARD rankings and Challenge Tier citations at mid-year 2023.
2022 U.S. Wavelength LEADERBOARD

U.S. Wavelength LEADERBOARDs

  • Market share rankings for the top U.S. Wavelength providers selling retail and wholesale services.
  • Reported annually
  • LEADERBOARD ranks providers with 4% or higher share of billable circuits in the U.S.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with between 1% and 4% of U.S. Wavelength circuits.
  • Market Player tier alphabetically cites other providers with less than 1% circuit share.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated U.S. Wavelength market share tracking and publicly released LEADERBOARD rankings at year-end 2021. The Challenge Tier was added in 2022 to publicly display the next tier of providers.
U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD

U.S. Fiber Lit LEADERBOARDs

  • Market share rankings for the top U.S. retail and wholesale Business Fiber providers.
  • LEADERBOARD ranks providers with 15,000 or more U.S. on-net fiber lit commercial buildings. Threshold increased from 10,000 in 2020.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with lit fiber connections between 5,000 and 14,999 U.S. commercial buildings. Threshold increased from 2,000 in 2021.
  • Market Player tier includes other fiber providers with fewer than 5,000 fiber lit buildings.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated Fiber Lit Building benchmark tracking and publicly released LEADERBOARD rankings and Challenge Tier citations in 2016.
U.S. Ethernet LEADERBOARD

U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARDs

  • Market share rankings of top U.S. Carrier Ethernet providers
  • Reported biannually (year-end and mid-year).
  • LEADERBOARD ranks providers with 4% or more of billable retail U.S. Ethernet port installations.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with between 1% and 4% of U.S. Ethernet ports.
  • Market Player tier includes other providers selling retail Ethernet services in the U.S. with less than 1% share.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated U.S. Carrier Ethernet market share tracking at year-end 2002.
  • In 2008, LEADERBOARDs were introduced as a public ranking only display of the top providers. The Challenge Tier was added in 2012 to publicly display the next tier of providers.

Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARDs

  • Market share rankings for the top Global Ethernet providers based on retail customer sites outside of the provider’s primary home country.
  • Reported biannually (year-end and mid-year).
  • LEADERBOARD ranks providers with 4% or higher share of billable ports out of home country.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with between 2% and 4% port share.
  • Market Player tier includes other providers selling retail Ethernet services in multiple country markets.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated Global Provider Ethernet market share tracking and publicly released LEADERBOARD rankings and Challenge Tier citations at mid-year 2009.
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U.S. Ethernet Provider Segment LEADERBOARDs

  • Market share rankings for up to three U.S. retail Ethernet provider segments: Incumbent Carrier, Competitive Provider, and Cable MSO.
  • Ranks providers that have achieved either a top rank or Challenge Tier citation on the U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD.
  • Segment share LEADERBOARDs were initiated in 2012 and are no longer be updated as of year-end 2020 publication.