Although fiber is the ultimate end-game facility to deliver Ethernet services to enterprises, the reality is that it's not ubiquitously available, so many service providers are filling those fiber gaps with Ethernet over Copper (EoC).
One vendor contributing to the EoC trend is Actelis Networks. In its "Carrier Ethernet Equipment: Biannual Worldwide and Regional Market Share, Size, and Forecasts" Infonetics Research reports that Actelis has a "substantial lead" in the 2009 EFM bonded-copper EADs (Ethernet Access Devices) market segment.
In addition to being deployed by a number of smaller independent U.S.-based telcos, Actelis has become the EoC vendor of choice for larger carriers including Frontier (NYSE: FTR) , Qwest (NYSE: Q) and Europe's COLT (LSE: COLT.L).
Infonetics forecast that worldwide EAD revenue will hit $756 million in 2010, a 35 percent increase over 2009, and $1.9 billion in 2014. North America and EMEA continue to be the dominant contributors to EAD market growth.
"New developments in EFM copper products are leading service providers to replace insufficient TDM (E1/T1) with high-speed EFM over bonded-copper solutions," said Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst of Infonetics, who authored the report. "It appears the long expected TDM replacement market has finally begun in earnest."
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