Ethernet is gaining traction as the preferred high speed access method to IP/VPNs

When it comes to accessing dedicated IP/MPLS, Ethernet access (E-Access) is gaining ground on traditional legacy circuit technology.

According to new research conducted by Vertical Systems Group, E-Access services now connect 36 percent of the dedicated IP/MPLS business VPN sites in the U.S.

The demand for access connectivity at speeds that begin at 2 Mbps and above will drive Dedicated IP/MPLS VPN growth through 2015.

VSG ethernet IP VPN connectivity

"E-Access to IP/MPLS VPN services are gaining momentum as business customers migrate to higher bandwidth connectivity solutions," said Erin Dunne, director of research services at Vertical Systems Group.

Although Ethernet access is gaining ground as the higher speed technology to access VPNs as seen by tw telecom's (Nasdaq: TWTC) Q3 earnings announcement, for example, traditional TDM (T3/fractional T3), T1 and DSL still command the majority of site connections.

Having Ethernet access to VPNs along with availability continues to be a differentiating factor amongst service providers that serve either national domestic or international multisite business customers.

One segment that has yet to make a big play on providing Ethernet access to VPNs are the cable operators despite aggressive moves by the likes of large MSOs like Charter (Nasdaq: CHTR), Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Cox and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) to offer metro Ethernet services.

Each of the service providers that have gained a position on Vertical's Mid-2011 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard, and six of the nine providers on the Mid-2011 U.S. Ethernet Leaderboard all have Ethernet access as part of their Ethernet service portfolio.

For more:
- see the release

Related articles:
Orange Business Services takes charge of the global Ethernet market
Vertical Systems: Verizon surges on the global Ethernet rankings
CenturyLink's Ethernet service power rise reflects changing market dynamics
tw telecom's Ethernet rise is based on a fiber-rich, customer-first diet

Suggested Articles

The industry was a bit surprised this week when Juniper Networks pulled the trigger on Boston-area startup 128 Technology for $450 million in cash.

Steve Smith has been named as Zayo Group Holding's new CEO while former CEO and founder Dan Caruso transitioned to the position of board director.

On AT&T's third quarter earnings call, AT&T CEO John Stankey reiterated his passion for more fiber, but said AT&T is taking a measured…