GEN14: What’s Driving Ethernet Services?

CONVERGE DIGEST - November 26, 2014

Vertical Systems Group recently reported that customer installations of Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. will reach one million ports in 2018.  The projected figure includes all retail Ethernet services at speeds ranging from sub-10 Mbps to more than 10 Gbps.

So, what’s driving the market for business Ethernet?

The recent MEF GEN14 conference in Washington, D.C., which brought together over 1,000 attendees from 36 countries, featured keynotes and presentations from many of the leading Ethernet service providers.

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Take Five with Rosemary Cochran – Q4/2014

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - October 9, 2014

People involved with Carrier Ethernet pay close attention to Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARDs, which provide bi-annual rankings of carriers based on port installations. Carrier Ethernet News talked recently with Vertical Systems Group’s principal Rosemary Cochran about the trends underlying the numbers.

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Vertical Systems Group: 1 Million Carrier Ethernet Ports in U.S. by ’18

CONVERGE DIGEST - September 26, 2014

Customer installations of Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. will reach one million ports in 2018, according to new @Ethernet research from Vertical Systems Group. The projected figure includes all retail Ethernet services at speeds ranging from sub-10 Mbps to more than 10 Gbps.

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Carriers Upgrade Global VPNs And Hold Steady On Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-2014 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - September 16, 2014

Level 3 was the only one of seven carriers that moved up a spot on Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-2014 Global Ethernet LEADERBOARD. The rest of the carriers remained steadfast in the positions they held as of year-end 2013, according to Rick Malone, principal of the Boston-based consultancy.

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Blueprint: What’s Next for Carrier Ethernet?

CONVERGE DIGEST - September 9, 2014

MEF_logo-smMore than 1,000 service providers and network operators worldwide now rely on Carrier Ethernet (CE) to support high-performance Ethernet & Ethernet-enabled data services, to interconnect network-enabled cloud services, to underpin 4G/LTE mobile and consumer triple play services, and to meet internal networking needs. Tens of thousands of businesses and enterprises in every industry vertical have transitioned to these CE services in order to control communications costs, efficiently scale with traffic demand, improve business agility, and boost productivity

As the dominant protocol of choice for affordable, scalable, high-bandwidth connectivity, Ethernet has overtaken TDM in the wide area network (WAN) and has emerged as the indispensable digital fuel for accelerating communications-related business transformation. According to Vertical Systems Group, global business Ethernet services bandwidth surpassed installed legacy services bandwidth in 2012 and is projected to exceed 75% of total global business bandwidth by 2017. In short, CE has transformed the WAN network over the past decade.

By Stan Hubbard and members of the MEF

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VSG: Orange, BT, Verizon maintain lead in global Ethernet market

FIERCETELECOM - September 4, 2014

Orange Business has maintained its lead over BT Global in the global Ethernet market Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard.

Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group (VSG) in an interview with FierceTelecom, said that the VPN factor is what sets apart incumbent global players from cable operators and other CLECs that are seeing rapid growth in the Ethernet market.

“Incumbents have very big VPN bases that are difficult to move,” Cochran said. “Level 3, AT&T, and Verizon address a different market and a different set of requirements, but then you got other players in global markets like Orange, BT and Colt.”

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Comcast, Level 3 Flex Ethernet Muscles

LIGHT READING - August 26, 2014

Competing intensely in a still-expanding market, Comcast and Level 3 Communications are scoring the biggest gains among US Ethernet service providers this year.

Both Comcast Corp and Level 3 Communications Inc. picked up retail-port market share in the mid-year rankings of Ethernet service providers conducted by Vertical Systems Group . Comcast climbed two slots on the firm’s US Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard to sixth place in the overall rankings since the end of last year, while Level 3 climbed one slot to eighth place.

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Vertical Systems Group Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD Shows Healthy Market Growth

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - August 26, 2014

Goodbye hockey stick, hello healthy growth. That is the message of the recently released Vertical Systems Group Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD, according to Rick Malone, principal of the Boston-based consultancy.

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Comcast Enhances its Metro Ethernet Market Share – Analyst Blog

NASDAQ - August 26, 2014

Comcast Corp., the largest cable MSO (multi Service operator) in the U.S., is significantly expanding its footprint in the metro Ethernet market. According to a recent report by Vertical Systems Group, Comcast is currently the sixth largest metro Ethernet service provider in the U.S., highlighting a rise by two notches.

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tw telecom Listed as Top-Ranked Competitive Provider in US Ethernet Market

TW TELECOM - August 22, 2014

tw telecom, a leading provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, today announced it has once again been recognized as the top ranked competitive provider in the US Ethernet market.  Vertical Systems Group, a leading industry analyst firm, recognized tw telecom’s leadership performance in its mid-year 2014 U.S. Business Ethernet Services Leaderboard as first among all competitive providers in delivering Business Ethernet services and one of the top three leading overall providers of Ethernet in the industry.

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Comcast Rises In U.S. Ethernet Rankings

MULTICHANNEL NEWS - August 21, 2014

Comcast was the big mover in Vertical Systems’ mid-year 2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard, with the MSO rising two spots — from number eight to number six — on the list.

By Jeff Baumgartner

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Comcast Business Jumps up Ethernet Market Leaderboard

COMCAST VOICES - August 20, 2014

As our recent Q2 2014 earnings reflected, business services continue to accelerate for Comcast as we near an almost $4 billion annual run-rate. A key engine in that growth is Ethernet, and based on a new mid-year market share report from a leading analyst firm, we are firing on all cylinders in our “Ethernet everywhere” strategy.

Vertical Systems Group is recognized worldwide as a leading market research firm and its U.S. Ethernet LEADERBOARD – issued twice per year – is the industry’s foremost benchmark for measuring Ethernet provider market share. In the 2013 U.S. LEADERBOARD, Comcast Business was ranked for the first time in eighth position and noted as the fastest growing Ethernet provider during last year.

By Mike Tighe, Executive Director, Data Services, Comcast Business in Business Services

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Comcast, Level 3’s mega-mergers could shake up the Ethernet market, says VSG

FIERCETELECOM - August 20, 2014

Comcast’s and Level 3’s pending acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and tw telecom could have a major effect on the status of the top U.S. Ethernet providers, reports Vertical Systems Group in its Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.

“Four of the top nine providers are engaging in merger activity,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group, in an interview with FierceTelecom. “We’re not speculating whether these deals will close this year or next year, but those are likely to definitely shake up the Leaderboard.”

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AT&T, Verizon, CableCos Top Latest Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CHANNEL PARTNERS - August 20, 2014

Vertical Systems Group once again has ranked the leading carrier Ethernet providers in the United States.

by Kelly Teal

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CenturyLink’s 16-city 1 Gig expansion will bring cloud bundles to more small businesses

FIERCETELECOM - August 8, 2014

CenturyLink is again driving the idea that fiber-based broadband is the fashionable item with its plans to extend its 1 Gig fiber into 16 markets.  While the 1 Gig service will enable it to deliver a service that cable can’t match in the consumer segment, the rollout will have an even larger effect on the small to medium businesses (SMBs) for which fiber-based solutions are hard to come by …

Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group, said that while the sweet spot for higher speed Ethernet bandwidth is between 100-400 Mbps, the ability to bundle the higher speed with other cloud-based services will be key in helping it recoup the revenue it loses when converting customers off of TDM-based T-1 and SONET circuits.

“As Ethernet gets rolled out and they start to replace the TDM and SONET bandwidth, Ethernet revenue is not making up for that lost revenue, so you need to add value somewhere,” Cochran said in an interview with FierceTelecom. “Having the cloud and a bundled offering will help people move.”

Cochran cautions that a key challenge is how far the MDUs are located from local facilities. Depending on demand for the service, CenturyLink could extend the fiber network into more MDUs that weren’t on its initial deployment list.

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CableCos Make a Cloud Play with Ethernet Connections

CHANNEL PARTNERS - June 1, 2014

Downloadable e-book.  Topics:

  • Ethernet Competitors according to Vertical Systems Group’s U.S. LEADERBOARD
  • Cableco Ethernet Leaders based on Vertical Systems Group’s U.S. LEADERBOARD
  • Cablecos’ Ethernet Future
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Take 5 with Rosemary Cochran

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - April 29, 2014

Vertical Systems Group has been tracking U.S. Business Fiber penetration since 2004. Carrier Ethernet News sat down with Rosemary Cochran, principal of the Boston-based consultancy to discuss recently released numbers for 2013.

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Comcast, TWC say merger can boost biz services

CRAIN'S NEW YORK - April 21, 2014

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have many reasons why they’d like to complete their proposed $45 billion merger and become the nation’s overwhelmingly dominant cable operator. One reason would be the chance to make the new company a significantly bigger player serving businesses.  Rick Malone comments on Carrier Ethernet market share.

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Incumbent & Competitive Carrier Ethernet Providers Holding Strong, Steady In 2013

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - April 9, 2014

While Vertical Systems Group’s charting of the Cable MSO Ethernet Provider segment in 2013 showed overall meteoric growth and shifts in players on the Cable MSO LEADERBOARD, the Incumbent and Competitive Provider segments held mostly steady during the year. The latter segments, however, have their own trends and niches that could lead to changes in the future, explained Rick Malone, principal of the Boston-based consultancy.

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Number of US businesses connected to a fiber-optic network nears 40%

LIGHTWAVE - April 6, 2014

Market research firm Vertical Systems Group says that 39.3% of businesses in the United States with at least 20 employees can access services via a fiber-optic network connection. This figure represents an improvement of just over 3% from the 36.1% total of 2012.

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U.S. fiber penetration reaches 39.3 percent of buildings, says VSG Read more: U.S. fiber penetration reaches 39.3 percent of buildings, says VSG

FIERCE TELECOM - April 4, 2014

Ongoing aggressive rollouts of fiber by a host of incumbent telcos, CLECs and cable operators throughout 2013 has helped to narrow the U.S. fiber gap by expanding facilities to 39.3 percent of commercial buildings with 20 or more employees, according to new research from Vertical Systems Group.

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Cable Business Services’ Good News Gets Better

BTR - March 26, 2014

It is time to say it: The cable industry has fully arrived in commercial services. That actually is a statement that could have been made for a few years, but the sector invariably is referred to as something that has great promise for MSOs or a nice ancillary business.

Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group said the industry’s share of the metro Ethernet market is growing more quickly than the other players. MSOs, she said, “have been very aggressive in targeting Ethernet apps in their territories for SMBs …. They can install more quickly because they don’t have the lead times of the incumbents and other providers.”

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Time Warner Cable On Top of Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 Cable MSO Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - March 25, 2014

Cable MSO is one of three major Ethernet provider segments that Vertical Systems Group covers in its U.S. Carrier Ethernet services market share analysis. The other two segments are Incumbent Carrier and Competitive Provider. To qualify for a position on an Ethernet segment Leaderboard, a company must have either a Leaderboard rank or a Challenge Tier citation on the 2013 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD.

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CenturyLink, Windstream take bigger bite out of incumbent Ethernet market

FIERCE TELECOM - March 24, 2014

CenturyLink and Windstream have both come a long way from their traditional rural telco roots by becoming larger factors in the U.S. incumbent Ethernet services market.

According to Vertical Systems Group’s 2103 U.S. Incumbent Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard, CenturyLink and Windstream saw the largest growth of out of this group, which continues to be led by AT&T and Verizon.

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tw telecom, XO, Level 3 take dominant competitive Ethernet position

FIERCE TELECOM - March 21, 2014

tw telecom continues to enjoy a top spot in the competitive Ethernet market due to its aggressive buildout of its fiber network and new software-based capabilities, according to Vertical Systems Group’s new Competitive Provider Business Ethernet Leaderboard.

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TWC, Cox, Comcast grow Ethernet service presence

FIERCE TELECOM - March 20, 2014

Cable operators continue to gain ground in the ever evolving Ethernet services market as they aggressively build out their own fiber networks and service sets, according to Vertical Systems Group’s latest Cable MSO Ethernet Leaderboard.

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Overture Raises the Bar on Carrier Ethernet Innovation by Introducing 10 Gigabit Ethernet Access Device (EAD)

OVERTURE NETWORKS - March 17, 2014

“The demand for high speed services has already impacted operator network infrastructures.  This will become more critical as the surge in demand for Carrier Ethernet extends well beyond 1GigE,” said Erin Dunne, director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group. “Recognizing that 10GigE is becoming the new building block for performance-assured Ethernet at the metro service edge, it is great to see Overture continue to create innovative optical Ethernet solutions that deliver the advantages of higher, scalable capacity with truly next generation capabilities.”

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Time Warner Cable Business Class Named Top Cable Company on Vertical Systems Group’s U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

WALL STREET JOURNAL - March 17, 2014

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced today it was named the top cable company on Vertical Systems Group’s U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD based on port share results for year-end 2013. TWCBC jumped to fifth overall in the research firm’s rankings, up three spots from number eight in the previous year’s survey. The Vertical Systems Group LEADERBOARD is the industry’s foremost benchmark for measuring Ethernet Service Provider market presence based on billable retail port installations.

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Orange Business Resumes Lead On Vertical Systems Group 2013 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - March 11, 2014

Orange Business surprised Vertical Systems Group by jumping back to the top of its 2013 Global Ethernet Provider LEADERBOARD, according to Rick Malone, principal of the Boston based consultancy that takes the pulse of the U.S. and global Ethernet markets twice a year. Second place BT Global Services had a lot of momentum carrying it to the top of the mid-year 2013 Leaderboard, but slipped into second place at year-end, he explained.

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MEF Services, Network Equipment, and Professional Certification Programs Growing In Worldwide Popularity

MEF - March 4, 2014

“When judging the 2013 MEF Carrier Ethernet awards for service providers, it was clear that numerous finalists and winners regarded CE 2.0 certification, planned certification, or compliance as an important competitive differentiator,” said Rosemary Cochran, Principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Looking at the U.S. market in particular, our firm’s 2013 Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD analysis revealed that the top-ranked company in the incumbent, competitor, and MSO Ethernet provider segments already has gained CE 2.0 certification. Additionally, the fastest growing company on the U.S. LEADERBOARD, was the first to be CE 2.0 certified.”

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Time Warner Cable Business Class Earns Metro Ethernet Forum CE 2.0 Certification for Wholesale Ethernet Service Types

TIME WARNER CABLE BUSINESS CLASS - February 28, 2014

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) today announced it has received Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for the company’s Wholesale E-Access (Access EPL/Access EVPL) services. TWCBC has now earned MEF CE 2.0 certifications for all eight service configurations, becoming the first North American company to do so.

A recognized industry leader, TWCBC has been at the forefront of Ethernet services innovation. Most recently, the company was named the top Multiple System Operator (MSO), and number five overall, on Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD.

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tw telecom Leads All Competitive Providers in Delivering Business Ethernet Services

TW TELECOM - February 26, 2014

  • Vertical Systems Group recognizes tw telecom as the top-ranked Competitive Provider on 2013 U.S. Ethernet LEADERBOARD and one of the top 3 overall providers of Business Ethernet in the U.S.
  • Continues Ethernet market share leadership for more than a decade
  • Business Ethernet bandwidth automatically increases in real-time with tw telecom’s Alerts Driven Dynamic Capacity® – an industry first
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MSOs Shake Up Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - February 20, 2014

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The day that Multiple System Operators (MSOs) Time Warner Cable and Comcast announced their intention to merge, Vertical Systems Group’s bi-annual U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD registered a gain by both companies. Reprint available

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Comcast’s TWC deal will deepen its medium business Ethernet niche

FIERCE TELECOM - February 13, 2014

Comcast may have been one of the last major cable MSOs to enter the business services space, but its bid to acquire fellow cable operator Time Warner Cable will make it an even more dominant force in the traditionally underserved mid-sized market.

…”When they are going up market into medium businesses, that’s where there’s more and more underserved area because if you look at larger companies like AT&T and Verizon, they going after large multinationals,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group, in an interview with FierceTelecom. “There’s a big skew from nationals and serving regional companies and metro-based networks.”

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VSG: AT&T, Verizon retain Ethernet lead, but cable becomes a bigger factor

FIERCE TELECOM - February 13, 2014

AT&T and Verizon continue to enjoy their status as the two top providers in the U.S. Carrier Ethernet market, but it’s clear that cable operators are becoming a bigger factor, according to Vertical Systems Group’s latest Ethernet Leaderboard.

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Comcast Business Named Fastest Growing Company Ranked on Vertical Systems Group’s Year-End 2013 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

COMCAST - February 12, 2014

Comcast Business today announced that it was named the fastest growing Ethernet provider on Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD. Comcast is ranked in eighth position on the research firm’s latest LEADERBOARD based on year-end 2013 U.S. business Ethernet port share results. Vertical Systems Group is recognized worldwide as a leading market research firm and its LEADERBOARD is the industry’s foremost benchmark for measuring Ethernet provider market presence based on billable retail port installations.

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Zhone Technologies Enters 2014 with Continued Momentum for MXK and Growth for FiberLAN

ZHONE TECHNOLOGIES - February 3, 2014

Zhone shipped approximately 400 MXKs in Q4 2013 expanding the total number of MXK platform deployments to more than 5,700 units worldwide. This increase is a direct reflection of market demand for high-speed, fiber capable solutions. According to a report by Vertical Systems Group, Ethernet will contribute more than 75 percent of total global business bandwidth by 2017.

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TWCBC first NA provider to garner MEF 2.0 certification for all 6 retail services

CED - January 31, 2014

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).

The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations. The company also boasts a total of 57 MEF-certified employees, 24 of whom are CE 2.0 certified.

Last year Time Warner Cable was ranked seventh on Vertical System Group’s mid-year Ethernet Leaderboard.

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8 Ethernet predictions for 2014

NETWORK WORLD - December 6, 2013

Among the many expectations for IT in 2014, Ethernet is projected to broaden its penetration in the metro area and the WAN. The ubiquitous technology will become further entrenched as a broadband access, cloud interconnect and wide area medium, further distancing itself from legacy TDM services. See article for eight predictions for Ethernet in the New Year (including Vertical’s statistics), from service provider Comcast Business Services.

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Vertical Systems Group Projects Ethernet Bandwidth To Exceed 75% of Global Bandwidth by 2017

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - October 29, 2013

“The rates of bandwidth growth are different in each part of the world, but the clear trend is replacement of lower speed services with Ethernet,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal at the Boston-based consultancy.  “The need for bandwidth is only going up. Ethernet services are a primary enabler for that,”

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Ethernet will contribute over 75% of business bandwidth by 2017, VSG says

FIERCE TELECOM - October 24, 2013

Ethernet continues to outpace legacy T1 and other lower speed business access services, and is expected to contribute more than 75 percent of total global business bandwidth by 2017, according to a new Vertical Systems Group report.

“One of the data points is that Ethernet is going beyond the legacy installations globally, and looking forward there’s such a ramp up for higher speeds like 10 Gig,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal at VSG, in an interview with FierceTelecom. “When you look at it from a bandwidth standpoint there’s going to be a lot going on in the next few years.”

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ADTRAN Launches Crossover Solution to Accelerate Gigabit FTTH

ADTRAN - October 23, 2013

“Fiber, which is the predominant access technology used to deliver today’s Carrier Ethernet services, is an essential component of future business offerings. However, most fiber infrastructures are concentrated primarily within population-dense markets where construction costs are easily justified,” said Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services at Vertical Systems Group. “Currently, more than 80% of U.S. commercial buildings with 10 to 50 employees lack direct access to fiber-based services. In close proximity are mobile cell sites plus residential areas now served by DSL that could benefit from a clearer path to fiber. ADTRAN’s Crossover solution enables providers to readily deploy fiber into these locations that were previously deemed too hard to reach.”

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Vitesse Transforms Carrier Model to Monetize Ethernet Business Services

VITESSE - October 22, 2013

“Ethernet business services are a strategic revenue driver for service providers, whether they’re telecom carriers, cable MSOs, or Carrier Ethernet retailers, and the market is increasingly competitive,” said Erin Dunne, director of research services at Vertical Systems Group. “Service providers are looking for ways to differentiate their offerings, including faster service turn-up and meeting a widening range of SLA requirements.”

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AT&T lights 93 North Carolina buildings with fiber as part of Project VIP initiative Read more: AT&T lights 93 North Carolina buildings with fiber as part of Project VIP initiative

FIERCE TELECOM - October 18, 2013

AT&T is putting more Ethernet and cloud services into the hands of over 2,500 North Carolina businesses by completing its fiber buildout into 93 new multi-tenant units (MTUs) in the state.

For over six years, AT&T has enjoyed the top ranking on Vertical Systems Group’s half-year domestic Ethernet leaderboard report, which measures port shares sold. Adding more buildings to its network will continue to solidify its ranking as a major Ethernet player.

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Transition Networks Simplifies Carrier Ethernet Services Delivery with New Access and Edge Products and Converge™ EMS

TRANSITION NETWOKS - October 1, 2013

“Faster service turn up is a critical concern for carriers that is growing even more important as cloud computing and Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services become prevalent,” said Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services at Vertical Systems Group.

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Ciena Expands Packet Networking Portfolio to Accelerate Deployment of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Services

CIENA - October 1, 2013

“Escalating use of bandwidth-heavy applications is creating even more demand for higher speed services, and consequently the need for ultra-high capacity metro infrastructures. Our research shows that 10 Gbps and higher speed installations are the fastest growing Carrier Ethernet services overall. Service providers face many CAPEX and OPEX decisions as they upgrade their infrastructures to meet this rising demand. Ciena’s approach to deploying a cost-optimized platform such as the 5160 addresses the challenges of metro aggregation, while also enabling new gigabit Ethernet service offerings.”  – Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group

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Business Services Grab Spotlight at ESDN

LIGHT READING - September 30, 2013

Not surprisingly, the top US telcos still account for the lion’s share of the Ethernet services market. In the latest ranking by Vertical Systems Group, AT&T and Verizon took first and second place on the leaderboard, respectively, while CenturyLink captured fourth place. Taken together, the three telcos accounted for 47 percent of service provider revenue in the first half of the year.

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AT&T extends IP VPN to Mideast SWIFT community

FIERCE TELECOM - September 17, 2013

According to Vertical Systems Group, the ability to provide access to Layer 3 VPNs has become a table stakes requirement that all of the global provider need to compete effectively for MNCs’ business.

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BT Global Services Rises to Top of Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2013 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - September 12, 2013

Two years ago, BT Global Services was not even on the board, but the carrier now holds the number one ranking over the six other Ethernet providers on the 2013 Mid-Year Global Provider Leaderboard.

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XO Communications Recognized as Leading Ethernet Services Provider

XO COMMUNICATIONS - September 9, 2013

XO Communications announced today that it has been recognized by Vertical Systems Group, a leading industry analyst firm, for its business Ethernet services leadership performance. Vertical Systems Group ranked XO Communications as one of the top six Ethernet providers in the industry in its Mid-Year 2013 U.S. Business Ethernet Services Leaderboard.

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BT takes top ranking in global Ethernet services market

FIERCE TELECOM - September 6, 2013

BT Global Services has beaten out Orange Business as the top global Ethernet provider, according to Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2013 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard.

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Incumbents Verizon and AT&T compete with cable operators, CLECs for Ethernet service supremacy

FIERCE TELECOM - September 5, 2013

Competition in the U.S. Ethernet services market continues to heat up. While the top two telcos, AT&T and Verizon remain the dominant Ethernet services players, they face growing competition from CLECs and cable MSOs that are aggressively expanding their fiber footprints to serve SMBs and larger businesses.

Taking a cue from Vertical Systems Group’s Leaderboard, which ranks the top eight Ethernet providers based on port share, we are addressing how the top Ethernet service players are performing in our new feature…

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Cable MSOs Flexing Their Ethernet Muscle Reports Vertical’s Mid-Year 2013 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - August 27, 2013

CEN-logoFor the first time since Vertical Systems Group began producing its U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard reports, Cable MSOs have installed more new Ethernet ports than the Incumbent Carriers over a six-month time period, said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group.

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Cable Goes on Ethernet Roll

LIGHT READING - August 22, 2013

Cable operators are taking the US Ethernet market by storm, making strong inroads against the big incumbent telcos as they expand further in the business services arena.

For the first time, large cable providers now account for 20 percent of the total US Ethernet retail port base, according to the latest survey by Vertical Systems Group Inc. While that’s still far less than the commanding 47 percent market share enjoyed by the large telco incumbents, it shows that cable operators are steadily narrowing the gap.

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tw telecom Continues To Lead All Competitive Providers in Delivering Business Ethernet Services

TW TELECOM - August 20, 2013

  • Vertical Systems Group recognizes tw telecom as one of the top 3 Business Ethernet Providers in the U.S.
  • Continues market share leadership since 2006
  • Business Ethernet bandwidth automatically increases, without human intervention, in real-time with tw telecom’s industry-first Alerts Driven Dynamic Capacity®
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tw telecom Launches Industry First Alerts Driven Dynamic Capacity® Nationally

TW TELECOM - July 26, 2013

“To support the rapid proliferation of networked business applications, IT professionals increasingly need better real time visibility and control of their networks,” said Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group.  “A significant challenge is how to efficiently manage network bandwidth in response to new Cloud apps or changes in existing applications.”

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Is Ethernet Serving the Cloud?

BY LIONEL SNELL - June 26, 2013

What can we do as an industry to accelerate Ethernet in the data centers and in the clouds?  That was the challenge laid down by Erin Dunne, Vertical Systems Group’s Director of Research Services, chairing the “Ethernet and the Cloud” panel session at NetEvents Ethernet Innovation Summit.

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Global Ethernet Services Market Headed For Nearly $50 Billion By 2017

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - May 9, 2013

Vertical Systems Group recently released its projection that the world’s retail Carrier Ethernet services market will reach $49.4 billion by 2017. Revenue growth is being driven by robust demand for higher speed business-class network services throughout the world.

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BT Moves Up On Vertical Systems Group’s 2012 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - April 4, 2013

In the past six months, BT Global Services has moved within striking distance of first place on Vertical Systems Group’s year-end 2012 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard, which measures the billable retail Ethernet ports sold to enterprise customers outside of a carrier’s home country. BT’s decision to more aggressively market Ethernet sparked the change that unleashed pent up demand for the service among the carrier’s customer base, said Rick Malone, principal of Boston-based Vertical.

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Different Strategies For Incumbent Carriers On Vertical’s Incumbent Carrier Business Ethernet LEADERBOARD

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - March 28, 2013

Four incumbent carriers achieved a position on Vertical Systems Group’s 2012 U.S. Incumbent Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard, the last of the new individually ranked market segments to be unveiled by the Boston-based research firm. They are in rank order: AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and Windstream. In addition to the Incumbent Carrier segment, Vertical also quantifies U.S. Ethernet market presence for the Competitive Provider and Cable MSO segments.

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Take Five with Rosemary Cochran

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - March 26, 2013

Rosemary Cochran, co-founder and principal of Vertical Systems Group, was one of a select group of analysts that Carrier Ethernet News connected with at the Metro Ethernet Forum quarterly meeting and Carrier Ethernet Summit in San Diego in January. We talked to her about Carrier Ethernet 2.0, the cloud and software defined networking.

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Level 3, tw telecom, other CLECs step up to Ethernet plate

FIERCE TELECOM - March 18, 2013

If there is one word to describe the competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC) providing Ethernet services it would be “diverse.”

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Fiber Showing Steady Growth

IT BUSINESS EDGE - March 18, 2013

These are good days for fiber. Rosemary Cochran, co-founder and principal of Vertical Systems Group, says that the need for speed and greater reach is driving growth. She told IT Business Edge blogger Carl Weinschenk that the increases will continue as carriers begin to be certified under the Metro Ethernet Forum’s recently established Carrier Ethernet 2.0 standards.

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CenturyLink, Windstream grow leadership roles in the Ethernet market

FIERCE TELECOM - March 4, 2013

U.S. incumbent telcos have taken charge of the U.S. retail Ethernet market as they continue to expand their respective portfolios and footprints to serve their SMB and enterprise customers, but they all face a challenging economic reality that’s slowed revenue growth.

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Cable MSOs: A phoenix rising in the Ethernet industry

FIERCE TELECOM - February 28, 2013

Cable companies have a long heritage of providing television services for consumers, but over the course of the last decade MSOs have been making a name for themselves in the business services sector, providing a set of higher speed data services, including Ethernet.

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Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Plays to Cable’s Strengths

BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY REPORT - February 27, 2013

There are two main drivers for MSOs’ initiatives in the commercial services sector: Companies want to more fully market to larger enterprises and to get their share of the cellular backhaul business, which is growing as LTE networks roll out.

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Comcast Business Gets MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification

FIERCE TELECOM - February 18, 2013

Comcast Business Services on Friday achieved the Metro Ethernet Forum’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification for its E-Line and E-LAN services, becoming the first CE 2.0 service provider, according to MEF President Nan Chen.

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Meeting Cloud’s Demands

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - February 12, 2013

Cloud computing and communications services are all the rage with enterprises, but ultimately they’re only as good as the networks that connect them to their customers.

“Right now, it’s the IT drivers that are moving things,” says Rosemary Cochran, principal and co-founder of Vertical Systems Group, a research firm. “But once the applications get moved to data centers, then the question is, what’s the connectivity supposed to look like?”

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MEF Certifies 20 Vendors Under CE 2.0 Specification

FIERCE TELECOM - January 29, 2013

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) on Tuesday announced the first 20 vendors that now offer Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certified compatible products during its Q1 2013 meeting in San Diego.

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Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Pioneers Pave Way for Ethernet Access Surge

METRO ETHERNET FORUM - January 29, 2013

A surge in the number of access providers in the Ethernet community, new markets for regional providers, application-oriented SLAs, optimized mobile backhaul and cloud service delivery… these are among the benefits now on offer, according the MEF at the gala announcement of the first twenty vendors to offer Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certified products.

Carrier Ethernet has become the industry’s biggest success story of the past decade. For the first time this year, CE services share of bandwidth exceeded the sum total of all legacy telecoms services across the world, making it the dominant technology in the carrier space, according to Vertical Systems Group.

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How Ethernet Enables Cloud Connectivity

FIERCE TELECOM - January 22, 2013

Fierce Telecom Industry Voices article
by Rosemary Cochran, Vertical Systems Group Principal

Enterprise IT managers cite cloud computing as among their most important initiatives this year. Nearly two-thirds of them have already begun transitioning their business-critical applications to the cloud. A driving force is the exponential rise of big data that requires massive storage, virtualized computing and ready accessibility from anywhere in the world.

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Global Ethernet Growth Soars Past Lagging Legacy Services

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - October 30, 2012

It’s official. Ethernet services have put legacy services in the rear view mirror across the entire globe, according to Vertical Systems Group’s latest research. There is no looking back. The bar graph that depicts Ethernet’s continued global growth during the next four years looks like an Olympic ski jump compared to the bar representing expected demand for legacy services. While there will be growth, that bar more closely resembles the diving board of a backyard pool.

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Optimum Lightpath Courts Demanding Verticals

BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY REPORT - April 18, 2012

Optimum Lightpath positions its new uncompressed video service as a logical step in the company’s strategy of catering to companies in demanding verticals in the tough New York City metro area.

Erin Dunne, the director of research at Vertical Systems Group, saw the new video service offering in this context. “It is … quite honestly a natural progression of their existing service,” she said. “This type of service does quite well for Optimum Lightpath. They focus on it. They have dense fiber either already available at location, or they are willing to get it to you with a buildout.”

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tw telecom Leads All Competitive Providers in Business Ethernet Services

PR NEWSWIRE - February 14, 2012

tw telecom inc, a leading global provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and worldwide, today announced its continued leading market share performance among competitive service providers.  Vertical Systems Group, a leading industry analyst, recognized tw telecom’s leadership performance in its year-end 2012 U.S. Business Ethernet Services Leaderboard as one of the top 3 providers delivering business Ethernet services.

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AT&T aims to ease private-to-hybrid cloud transition

NETWORK WORLD - February 12, 2012

AT&T has launched a new version of its Synaptic Compute as a Service offering designed to help enterprises access capacity beyond their private clouds.  AT&T’s goal is to ease the transition for enterprises to upgrade from a private cloud to a hybrid cloud system using AT&T’s network to provide addition storage and compute power.

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APAC and Global – MEF announces winners of 2011 Service Provider awards

METRO ETHERNET FORUM - December 12, 2011

The winners of the prestigious MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards for the APAC and Global regions were announced recently at a gala dinner in Sentosa, Singapore – held in conjunction with the MEF’s participation at Carrier Ethernet APAC Congress.  The judging panel for the APAC awards comprised leading industry analysts including Rosemary Cochran from Vertical Systems Group.

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North America – MEF announces winners of 2011 Service Provider awards

METRO ETHERNET FORUM - November 17, 2011

The winners of the prestigious MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) Carrier Ethernet North American Service Provider Awards were announced at a Gala Dinner held in conjunction with the MEF’s participation at the recent Light Reading Ethernet Expo in New York.  The judging panel for the North American awards comprised leading industry analysts including Erin Dunne from Vertical Systems Group.

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How Metro Ethernet Helps Mid-Sized Businesses Embrace the Cloud

TMCNET EXPERT COMMENTARY - October 11, 2011

Agile responses to changing market conditions and a fierce focus on cost control have long been hallmarks of small to mid-size businesses. As these businesses operate in ever more treacherous economic conditions, they are being forced to become even more nimble and efficient than ever before.

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Take 5 with Erin Dunne

CARRIER ETHERNET NEWS - September 1, 2011

Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, manages the delivery and support of Vertical Systems Group’s Emerging Networks Service Research Program (ENS) offerings for clients worldwide. In this role, she coordinates analyst support resources and directs content distribution for syndicated ENS research. Erin graciously took time to speak with CEN and offer her insight on the Carrier Ethernet market.

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Vertical: Ethernet bandwidth is outpacing legacy service bandwidth

FIERCE TELECOM - July 27, 2011

While there are still a lot of businesses that have completely let go of their legacy Frame Relay, T1 and ATM services, a new Vertical Systems Group report reveals that Ethernet bandwidth is actually taking the lead.

The research firm argues that 2011, which is interestingly coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the Metro Ethernet Forum, marks a “tipping point” in an uptick of new Ethernet service installations with bandwidth rates scaling up to 10 Gbps and beyond.

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Cable Business Services Are Moving Up in Size

BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY REPORT - May 25, 2011

The cable industry’s commercial services initiatives, which remain healthy revenue generators, are evolving toward bigger — but not the biggest — customers.  Last week, Comcast announced that its Ethernet services is targeting organizations with as many as 500 employees, which is a shift upward from its previous sweet spot of 20 or fewer employees.

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Competitive Carriers Hone their Ethernet over Copper Skills

FIERCE TELECOM - May 3, 2011

Fiber likely will be the ultimate endgame to deliver Ethernet services to businesses. Offering unlimited amounts of bandwidth, incumbent and even competitive service providers have spent billions of dollars building out fiber to large business customers that need large amounts of bandwidth and are willing to pay for it.

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Orange Business Services Tops Vertical Systems Group’s Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard for Second Consecutive Year

BUSINESSWIRE - March 30, 2011

Orange Business Services is the leading global provider of Ethernet Services for the second consecutive year, according to Vertical Systems Group’s Full-Year 2010 Global Provider Leaderboard. The Global Provider Leaderboard measures retail Ethernet ports installed at enterprise customer sites outside of a provider’s primary home country.

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AT&T Named Top Provider in U.S. Business Ethernet Services by Vertical Systems Group

AT&T - February 22, 2011

AT&T today announced that it has received recognition for its leadership in Business Ethernet from Vertical Systems Group, a leading analyst firm. On Vertical’s year-end 2010 U.S. Business Ethernet Leaderboard, AT&T has been ranked the top provider of Ethernet ports – for the sixth year in a row.

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The Real Ethernet Exchange Opportunity

FIERCE TELECOM - December 18, 2010

An eBook by Rosemary Cochran and Fierce Telecom

The Real Ethernet Exchange Opportunity is featured in the December 2010 FierceTelecom eBook: Ethernet Exchanges Make the Interconnection (see pages 15-16).  Vertical Systems Group is also referenced in several other articles, including The Ethernet exchange: If Not Now, When?
The Real Ethernet Exchange Opportunity (pdf)

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