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15 U.S. ETHERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS PROFILED
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Deliverables
51 pages of analysis detailing the current market conditions affecting the wholesale carrier Ethernet business in the U.S.
A five-year revenue forecast for the U.S. wholesale Ethernet services market, including breakouts by buyer type, Ethernet topology, regional domain, and bandwidth level.
In-depth analysis of significant trends that will affect the wholesale Ethernet market, including adoption drivers and obstacles, service availability, interoperability, changing service technologies, and pricing
Detailed profiles of 15 network operators that are currently shaping the U.S. wholesale Ethernet market.
Length: 51 Pages
Price: $3,995
STEVE KOPPMAN
Analyst at Large,
Heavy Reading
Koppman has covered the North American carrier industry for 20 years as an analyst, focusing on market forecasting and analysis, issues of industry structure...
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
U.S. Wholesale Ethernet Services: A Five-Year Market Forecast

Wholesale Ethernet is finally emerging as a major, thriving U.S. market. While retail Ethernet has boomed for several years, the wholesale market has been regarded as something of a market backwater until recently. Carriers, resellers, and Web-based operators have gained confidence in public Ethernet as a wholesale building block of their services. Most wholesale data service requirements increasingly include an Ethernet component, even while wholesale Ethernet still requires significant explanation in some corners of the market.

The combination of accelerating bandwidth demand with lengthening experience and comfort with public Ethernet, along with the service's improving standards and continually declining costs, have brought increasing attention and growth to wholesale Ethernet, which is now being driven heavily by the start of a major shift of wireless backhaul toward the service. The promise of mass migration of the fast-growing cellular backhaul segment from TDM is infusing massive new energy into this market, which is now pacing already rapid overall Ethernet services growth.

Wholesale Ethernet refers specifically to sales of Ethernet service to other providers of communications (including Web-based) services, whether on a "sell-through" resale basis or on a "sell-to" basis in which sales support the communications infrastructure of such providers. Many drivers of wholesale Ethernet are similar to those of the retail market. Ethernet generally has expanded out of the LAN in which it originated, becoming a category of public carrier service capitalizing on its advantages in less-expensive equipment and interfaces, which continue to decline in cost, as well as lower service costs, flexibility, scalability, and functionality.

Earlier "best-effort" services targeted to price-sensitive, geographically concentrated buyers have been upgraded and to a considerable extent superseded by higher-end "carrier Ethernet" with improved service characteristics, helping Ethernet to serve as both a low-end means to cheap, quick bandwidth and a higher-end, reliable, standards-based service. In an environment of proliferating data and video use causing rapidly growing bandwidth demand, Ethernet shines as a way to get more bandwidth for less, or much more bandwidth for not much more money compared with more costly, better-established technologies.

U.S. Wholesale Ethernet Services: A Five-Year Market Forecast analyzes the current market conditions affecting the wholesale Ethernet business in the U.S. and delivers a five-year revenue forecast for this market. It also examines the most significant issues and trends that will affect this market over the next five years, including adoption drivers and obstacles, service availability, interoperability, changing service technologies, and pricing. The report includes in-depth profiles of 15 leading network operators that are shaping the U.S. wholesale Ethernet market.

The information and analysis presented in this report is based on in-depth interviews with senior executives and marketing and network professionals from 15 companies that sell wholesale Ethernet services in the U.S., often including two or three representatives per company. The companies interviewed included traditional carriers, CLECs, international carriers, specialized infrastructure providers, and cable MSOs.

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The excerpt below shows our five-year forecast for wholesale Ethernet revenues, broken out by bandwidth level. As the table shows, all segments are expected to grow steadily throughout the forecast period. Early growth will be strongest in the lower bandwidths but gradually shift to higher levels, as inexorable growth in bandwidth demand growth drives the market toward (and past) the 1-Gbit/s level.


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Report Scope and Structure

U.S. Wholesale Ethernet Services: A Five-Year Market Forecast is structured as follows:

Section I includes a full executive summary and report key findings.

Section II provides general background on Ethernet services and the wholesale market, then defines the segmentations of this market used in our forecast.

Section III examines wholesale market applications and buyer groups, including wireless, wireline, and Web-based companies.

Section IV discusses emerging issues and trends affecting the U.S. wholesale Ethernet market, including adoption drivers and obstacles, availability, interoperability, changing service technologies, and pricing.

Section V offers detailed profiles of the 15 industry players interviewed for the report.

Section VI presents Heavy Reading's five-year market forecasts and segment breakdowns for the U.S. wholesale Ethernet market.


U.S. Wholesale Ethernet Services: A Five-Year Market Forecast is published in PDF format.