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Cisco, Juniper maintain top router spots with new products, report says

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Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) continue to remain the dominant core router service players, a position that was further cemented by the introduction of new products in the recent financial quarter, according to a new Dell'Oro report.

Taking the number one spot is Cisco, which introduced the Network Convergence System (NCS) 6000 Internet of Everything router and the CRS-X, a 400G per slot system that it said can be expanded to almost one Petabit per second when deployed in a multi-chassis manner. During its recent fiscal quarter, Cisco reported that switching sales rose 3 percent to $3.75 billion as it saw an increase in the Americas and EMEA regions. 

Not to be outdone, Juniper continues to rise. The vendor upgraded its 10-router MX line with a new set of line cards and switch fabric models. Driven by the MX platform, Juniper's Q3 routing revenue was $609 million, up 5 percent sequentially.

Despite holding their respective positions, Cisco and Juniper are facing formidable challengers in Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

New contract wins to provide its router to a number of domestic Chinese and international service providers drove year-over-year growth for Huawei. Likewise, Alcatel-Lucent maintained its fourth place spot as more service providers purchased its 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) core routing product.

Overall, the service provider routing market grew by 7 percent in Q3 2013.  The research firm said that after "two years of year-over-year declines, this second consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth reflected the increased emphasis service providers have placed on the backbone of their networks."

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