As wireless operators and their wholesale service partners continue to upgrade their wireless backhaul networks to support 4G LTE speeds and applications, it is providing a revenue benefit to the top edge router and switch vendors, according to Dell'Oro Group's Q2 2013 report.
During the quarter, the Service Provider Edge Router and Switch market, particularly in the United States and China, grew 8 percent year-over-year.
Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Huawei Technologies, and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) were the top four market share leaders in the market segment, making up 88 percent of Q2 revenue.
All of these vendors reported growth during the second quarter.
Cisco and Juniper reported that their switching unit revenues rose 5 percent to $3.8 billion and 7.2 percent to $1.15 billion. Likewise, Alcatel-Lucent's IP division sales, including its edge router portfolio, continued to be the star performer in the vendor's portfolio, rising over 25 percent year-over-year to $827 million.
While Cisco retained the top spot, Huawei saw the biggest year-over-year growth at 38 percent, while Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper reported 11 and 14 percent growth, respectively, during this period.
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