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 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.

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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. Vertical’s time-tested proprietary models correlate this information to derive market shares and forecast network services trends. All primary research data supplied remains strictly confidential.

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U.S. SD-WAN LEADERBOARD 2021

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 the highest market shares of installed customer sites in the U.S.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with the next highest shares of U.S. customer sites installed.
  • Vertical Systems Group initiated U.S. Carrier Managed market share tracking and publicly released LEADERBOARD rankings and Challenge Tier citations in 2018.
Global Provider SD-WAN LEADERBOARD Mid-2021

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 5% or higher share of billable ports out of home country.
  • Challenge Tier alphabetically cites providers with between 1% and 5% port share.
  • Market Player tier includes other providers 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.
U.S. Wavelength LEADERBOARD 2021

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 1% or higher share of billable circuits in the U.S.
  • 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.
U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD 2021

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. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD 2021

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.
  • 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 will no longer be updated after year-end 2020 publication.