Driven by carrier Ethernet connections for three main applications-- backhaul from business buildings and DSLAMs, mobile backhaul, and wholesale carrier-to-carrier arrangements-- IHS Research said the worldwide Ethernet access device revenue totaled $958 million in 2015, up 4 percent over the prior year.
The data center market continued to be a source of growth for a number of the major Ethernet switch vendors in 2015 as Arista, Huawei and Juniper saw sales grow 41 percent, 125 percent and 15 percent respectively.
AT&T and Level 3 have become greater competitive threats in the global Ethernet market to BT and Orange by continually expanding their service offerings and presence in Europe and other countries outside of North America.
Zayo Group has launched a new usage-based Ethernet product called FlexConnect, targeting the needs of business customers that need more options for cloud and data center connectivity.
Global Capacity has named tw telecom veteran Tony Thakur as its new CTO, capping off the latest in a series of new management appointments the company has made to enhance its service reach.
RCN Business, like other business-centric providers, has traditionally taken the approach of directing its fiber investments where its customers want it to go, but the service provider plans to target other attractive sites where it could win new customers.
CenturyLink found that cable providers' Ethernet over HFC facilities are becoming a sound alternative source to fulfill large customer needs as it expands its service footprint outside of its traditional wireline territory, illustrating that there are growing options for special access wholesale services.
Comcast Business is investing over $1.2 million to extend its network into two large parts of Bellevue, Wash., to pass an additional 425 local businesses.
AT&T's ongoing FTTH rollout may be designed to provide consumers and businesses with higher speeds, but the service provider is seeing additional benefits from build.
Level 3 is expanding its metro Ethernet service into 27 new European markets, reflecting a desire to grow its EMEA business service penetration.